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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Admissions Into the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program

Admission Requirements for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program
  1. Students must first be accepted for admission to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact the Admissions Office at 507-389-1822. This is a separate process from admission to the ADS program.
  2. Due to the nature of the helping field, it is critical to send appropriate people into the field.  Students interested in completing any of the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program options that involve an internship will be required to complete a comprehensive application and screening process.  The application packet can be found in the Alcohol and Drug Studies Student Handbook.
  3. All students who wish to participate in the internship process, must demonstrate that they have been free of chemical problems for at least two years prior to beginning their internship process.
  4. While it is not an admission requirement, it is important to note that certain legal charges may limit a student's ability to practice in the field.  Students who have a history of legal charges are encouraged to research the potential impact of the charges on their ability to practice in the field.  
Requirements for Declaring a Major in Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Interested students MUST schedule a meeting with the ADS Coordinator.
  • Students who have declared the major must receive special permission to register for upper level classes each semester until they have received permanent permission.
Requirements for Admission to the Alcohol and Drug Studies Major
  • Completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours,
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5,
  • A "C" or better in HLTH 225: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • A "C" or better in two of the following four required General Education Courses:
    • CMST 102: Public Speaking,
    • CMST 203: Intercultural Communications,
    • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychological Science, and/or
    • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • Meeting with the Alcohol and Drug Studies Coordinator to complete the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program Permission Form and sign the Alcohol and Drug Studies Form of Understanding.