Specialize in addiction counseling and change lives

The master's in clinical mental health counseling program from Marquette University prepares students to have a successful career as a counselor in a variety of settings and to enter the job market with a skill set that's in high demand.

The optional specialization in addiction counseling provides students with additional training concentrated on clinical services to clients experiencing difficulties with addictions and co-occurring disorders.

In addition to rigorous classroom learning, we guide students in finding the clinical placement that will be most meaningful for them. We challenge students to think critically about the cultural context of their approach, to seek opportunities to serve the underserved, and to do what it takes to Be The Difference.



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Real-world application

Course work focuses on human development, psychopathology, assessment, theories of counseling, consultation, crisis and disaster response, ethical and legal issues, multicultural issues and counseling research, as well as individual, group, family and counseling interventions. Field experiences, small group experiences, and practicum and internships are required and lead to the development of science-practice integration in all of our graduates.


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Application Deadline

Applications completed by February 1 will receive priority consideration. Admissions will continue on a rolling basis as space permits after the priority deadline.

Application Requirements

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  • After all applications are reviewed, the highest ranking applicants will be contacted for an interview with the faculty. This is required for admission. International applicants residing in foreign countries and applicants with extenuating circumstances may conduct their interviews via virtual meeting.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Master's students who are primary and secondary school teachers in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible for two scholarship opportunities: the Milwaukee Area Teachers Scholarship, which provides scholarships for K–12 teachers from the greater Milwaukee area; and the Catholic Schools Scholarship, which covers part of the tuition for students employed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools. These scholarships are available only to students enrolled at Marquette.

Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.