Addiction Studies

Accredited, Affordable, Accessible

Substance abuse and counseling professionals must possess advanced levels of competency to address current and future addiction/prevention challenges in society.

Degrees

Masters of Arts in Addiction Studies (Online Only)

Prepares professionals for advanced levels of competency to address current and future addiction, co-occurring and prevention challenges in society. Graduates will be eligible for the highest level of addiction and prevention credentialing through the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals.

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Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies (Online Only)

Prepares professional to meet increasingly complex needs of patients and clients. Completion of this program prepares professionals to meet 15 of the 21 specialized academic credit hours required for  state credentialing.

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. Three letters of recommendation
            Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Applicants must complete a successful criminal background check prior to matriculation
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements
  8. Master of Arts applicants have additional requirements:
    1. Resume
    2. Applicants must provide a copy of a photo ID
    3. Applicants must complete a face-to-face interview. If applicant is not from the region, the interview can be completed via Skype or Elluminate

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Addiction Studies in the current graduate catalog.

Program Deadline:
Priority for Summer/Fall Semesters: April 1
Priority for Spring Semester: November 1

Online and Off Campus Options

Online

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Career Opportunities

    A degree in Addiction Studies can lead to a number of careers in a number of work environments.

  • Student Experiences

    From an active student organization to fieldwork opportunities, our students stay engaged outside the classroom.

  • Alumni Outcomes

    "The professors are very open and helped me to find my way in the field." Abbey Aasen, 2012 Undergraduate Program Graduate and 2014 Master's Program Graduate