Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health

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The Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) is a comprehensive program that prepares counselors to treat clients with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The IBH provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation in evidence-based treatment modalities, clinical skills, professional and ethical responsibilities, and client advocacy. 

Why Choose the IBH?

  • You will be prepared for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) exams, among others
  • Our integrated curriculum addresses both mental health and substance use disorders
  • A real-world application reflects state-of-the-art, evidence-based best practices
  • A case-based learning approach to enhance understanding of counseling theories and techniques

Admission

Fall Semester Application Deadline | March 1

Spring Semester Application Deadline | October 1

Admission to the IBH program is competitive and all applications are reviewed holistically by committee to ensure a good fit for academic success. Notification of admission decisions is made within four to six weeks after the application deadline.

The following items are required for admission:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution, or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0*

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with lower GPA may be considered for the program. An explanation for GPA, and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable, must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances).

Transferring Credits

You may be allowed to transfer up to 24 credits of previous graduate-level course work (credits must appear on a graduate transcript) from other institutions or the University of Minnesota, as determined by the IBH Director of Graduate Studies.

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. For the question “What is your proposed major and degree objective?” choose: Integrated Behavioral Health - MPS under “Twin Cities Campus Programs.”
  3. All required application materials must be electronically attached to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Statement 1: Your personal statement (two to three pages, double-spaced) should address pertinent aspects of your background and academic qualifications and should demonstrate a strong interest in mental health and substance use disorders, including documentation of any relevant training or employment.
  • Statement 2: This statement is optional.
  • Extenuating Circumstances: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited from individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.

Resume or CV

Submit a current resume or CV.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $75 ($95 for international) must be paid on submission.

If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.

  • Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
  • Required IELTS score is 6.5, with section scores of at least 6.5 for both writing and reading.
  • Required MELAB score is 84.

International students interested in the Integrated Behavioral Health program should contact the International Student and Scholar Service for information on visa status.

Credit courses taken before admission may be applied toward this degree. You can take a graduate-level course before being admitted if:

  • the course is graduate-level (4xxx-level or above), and
  • you register for credit as a non-admitted graduate student and pay graduate-level tuition.

Follow these steps to register:

  1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Non-degree Students Form. Registration for non-degree students is not available online.
  2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
  4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

More information can be found on the One Stop page for non-admitted students.

Career Outlook

During the 2016 legislative session, the Commissioner of Human Services was directed to reform the treatment continuum for individuals experiencing addiction disorders. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Human Resources decreed 2017 to be the year of addiction treatment transformation.

This will result in a greater need for trained professionals who are up to date on the latest counseling techniques and research. “Currently, there is a shortage of addictions practitioners in the state of Minnesota,” says Debra Wamsley, Director of Graduate Studies. “Our degree effectively prepares future clinicians to successfully practice in this rapidly changing landscape.”

The facts:

  • According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling are two of the fastest-growing professions.
  • Both areas are projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations over the next decade.
  • Insurance companies are increasingly providing reimbursement for counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists.

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Courses

Requirements

Your MPS in Integrated Behavioral Health program will consist of at least 60 credits (with a GPA of 2.8 or above) made up of: 

  • 50 credits of required coursework
  • A 4-credit internship
  • At least 6 credits of electives
  • Professional counselor portfolio (ungraded)
Course Name Course Number Credits
Foundations in Addiction Studies ADDS 5011 2
Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices and the Helping Relationship ADDS 5021 3
Applied Psychopharmacology ADDS 5031 2
Methods and Models I: Motivational Counseling ADDS 5041 2
Methods and Models II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ADDS 5051 2
Foundations of Group Work ADDS 5061 3
Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders ADDS 5071 2
Multicultural Foundations of Behavioral Health ADDS 5081 3
Assessment and Treatment Planning I ADDS 5091 3
Professional Seminar 1 ADDS 5121 1
Foundations in Differential Diagnosis IBH 6011 3
Foundations of Psychological Assessment IBH 6022 2
Methods and Models IV: Trauma and Anxiety, Assessment and Treatment Intervention IBH 6031 2
Advanced Group Practice IBH 6051 2
Applied Advanced Diagnostics I IBH 6061 2
Advanced Professional Issues IBH 6071 3
Human Lifespan Development and Behavioral Health IBH 6081 3
Intersection of Career and Mental Health IBH 6091 2
Family Dynamics and Therapy IBH 6101 3
Research and Evaluation Methods IBH 6111 3
Professional Seminar 2 IBH 6121 1
Portfolio Seminar IBH 8002 1

 

 

To view course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.

To view course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), use the Class Search.

The internship is an experience where you can apply the knowledge and skills learned in your courses in a clinical setting. You will receive close supervision from both site and faculty supervisors, participate in formal on-campus clinical supervision meetings, and actively engage in weekly required postings and practice assignments.

Upon completion of the internship, you will undergo a formal written and oral evaluation.

A minimum of 2 credits (440 hours) of ADDS 5996 must be completed near the program's midway point.

Take 1−2 courses totaling 4 credits from the following:

  • ADDS 5996 Internship in Substance Abuse Counseling (1−4 credits)
  • IBH 6996 Internship for Integrated Behavioral Health (1−4 credits)

Talk to your IBH adviser about internship options and the specific requirements for the licenses you wish to pursue.

Elective courses must relate to counseling, human development, or human services, or must enhance your understanding of mental health, co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, or human behavior within a broader context. Obtain approval from the Director of Graduate Studies to take electives outside the IBH.

Course Number Course Name Credits
IBH 6021 Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client-Centered Care 2
IBH 6041 Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD 2
IBH 6222 Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders 2
IBH 6227 Supervision Models and Methods in Integrated Behavioral Health 3
IBH 6993 Directed Study in Integrated Behavioral Health 1-3
IBH 6994 Directed Research in Integrated Behavioral Health 1-3
IBH 6234 Counseling Grief and Loss 2
IBH 6910 Topics 1-3
HSEX 6001 Introduction to Human Sexuality 3
HSEX 6011 Policy in Human Sexuality 3

 

 

To view course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.

To view course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), use the Class Search.

Portfolios offer a way for you to reflect upon crucial components of your counselor training experience and how diverse activities and insights have contributed to your professional development.

You will work on your portfolio throughout the IBH program. It will be used periodically as a tool for reflection, evaluation, and feedback. 

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