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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 (M.A.) in Addiction Counseling & Prevention (Online Only)

Prepares professionals for advanced levels of competency to address current and future addiction, co-occurring and prevention challenges in society. As one of eight accredited master's programs in the nation, graduates will be eligible for the highest level of addiction and prevention credentialing through the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals. The M.A. can be completed in as little as 33 credit hours for those qualifying for the advanced track, or as many as 45 credit hours for those following the standard track. Your course of study is dependent upon your addiction credentials and academic background.  

The program is accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and gives students the tools needed to meet the growing demand for professionals skilled in alcohol and drug prevention, education, counseling and treatment.

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Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling & Prevention (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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Online and Off Campus Options


Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Addiction Counseling & Prevention in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

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