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USD Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention M.A. Program Recognized as Second Best in Nation

Old Main on the University of South Dakota campus USD's online M.A. in addiction counseling and prevention ranked second in an online review.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The online M.A. degree offered by the University of South Dakota’s Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention has been rated as the No. 2 program of its kind in the country. This recognition comes from Best Medical Degrees, an independent publication dedicated to providing useful and accurate information about educational opportunities for health care professionals and perspective students considering a career in health care. 

USD’s program was recognized because of its comprehensive health care approach, inclusion of relapse prevention coursework, examination of public policy and the study of case management and assessment of co-occurring disorders. The program’s competitive tuition cost was also noted.

The addiction counseling and prevention department was started at USD in 1973. The department offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificates and a minor. Since its inception, the program has conferred more than 1,100 degrees.

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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