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USD Addiction Studies Online Master's Program Recognized

VERMILLION, S.D. – The online master’s degree program offered by the Department of Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota has been recognized as one of the nation’s ten best by

The program was recognized because it offers two tracks designed for professionals already working and certified or licensed in the field of addiction counseling or who have completed a bachelor’s degree in addiction studies. The rating noted the program’s strong foundation in ethical practice and contemporary clinical theories and its emphasis on helping existing counselors enhance their abilities to serve clients through private, group and family sessions.

According to Frank Zavadil, chair of the addiction studies department, “We are constantly looking at ways to keep our curriculum relevant regarding the changing field of prevention and addiction services, and we feel this contributes to our ranking as one of the top online programs in the country.”

The online MA program in Addiction Studies requires 45 hours for the standard track, and 33 hours for the advanced track. An internship for both tracks is required. The program also recommends one year of field experience in addiction counseling for admission.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News