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 TheBestSchools.org.
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.