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Online Master of Arts in Addiction Studies | USD MA in Addiction Studies

Online. Affordable. Accessible.

The M.A. in Addiction Counseling and Prevention program offers professional courses leading to an advanced level of competency. Graduates will be eligible for the highest level of licensure in South Dakota. All courses required for South Dakota licensure are provided at USD by the Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention and courses specific to to substance use and addiction that have been approved by the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals. By choosing USD M.A. in Addiction Counseling and Prevention you will be competent in the ever changing field of substance use and addiction. Out-of-State students please refer to the Chemical Dependency Certification/Licensure Boards in the state you want to work in to verify if the courses/program will meet the requirements for that states certification/licensure.

For details regarding South Dakota's certification standards, please refer to the Standards Manual of the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professional (BAPP).

This online M.A. in Addiction Counseling and Prevention program can be completed in as little as 33 credit hours (advanced track), or as many as 45 (standard track), depending on your certification and academic background.

The Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention and our addiction counseling and prevention programs are 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.

Admission Requirements

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

For more information about the online Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling and Prevention, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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