Graduate Program Admissions

Applicants must first apply to the East Carolina University Graduate School. When the applicant is accepted to the Graduate School, his/her application is forwarded to the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies. The requirements for entrance into the ECU Graduate School are as follows:

  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • completion of an online application to the Graduate School;
  • a minimum score at the 30th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE: average of verbal and quantitative scores);
  • official transcripts showing the bachelor's degree and any other work taken at a college or university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and;
  • a Written Statement of Intent (i.e., why applicant wants to enter this graduate program)

A personal interview will be arranged by the department following an initial screening of applicant's materials.

References or letters of recommendations are not required for screening or admission.

Application Deadlines



   Fall semester


  August 15th


  Spring semester


  December 20th


  1st & 11-week Summer session


  May 5th

  2nd Summer session


  June 15th

  • Review of applications for fall and summer admission begins March 1st
  • Review of applications for spring admission begins October 1st

Contact Information

MS, Clinical Counseling with emphasis in addictions
Dr. W. Leigh Atherton

MS, Rehabilitation and Career Counseling
Dr. Susan Sherman

Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate
Dr. Mark Stebnicki

Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate
Dr. Susan Sherman

Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate
Dr. W. Leigh Atherton

Vocational Evaluation Certificate
Dr. Steven Sligar