Addiction Studies

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


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. Official transcripts verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose: Applicants must submit a statement of purpose using the Addiction Studies Supplemental Application.
  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

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

Application Deadline:

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

Online and Off Campus Options


The Classroom & Beyond

  • Career Opportunities

    A degree in Addiction Counseling and Prevention can lead to a number of careers in a number of work environments.

  • Student Experiences

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

  • Alumni Outcomes

    "Professors don’t just teach from textbooks, but from their past field experiences. The way they adapt course content to match today’s issues will make me a more successful addiction professional." Kelsey Barrett, '17 M.A. graduate