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Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to address the complexities of addiction treatment and recovery across the continuum of care. Courses focus on evidence-based practices that will prepare you to treat addiction and its complications. Graduates of this program are prepared to become leaders in the addiction field. Your studies will simultaneously blend academic coursework with clinical placement within and outside of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
- 44-credit program.
- Offered at our Center City, MN campus with some online coursework required.
- Full-time 12-month program with part-time options available.
- Program simultaneously blends academic studies with clinical practice.
- Three convenient start dates throughout the year.
- Faculty members and expert clinicians provide individualized academic advising and clinical supervision.
- Curriculum designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential in Minnesota.*
- Financial aid and grants are available to those who qualify.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Students must pass a background check and certify two years freedom from chemical use problems prior to admission.
- English proficiency. An applicant who does not speak English as a first language is required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)--with a score of 213 or more on the Computer-based Test, or a score of 550 or more on the Paper-based Test, or a score of 80 or more on the Internet-based Test. Since the test is given on a limited basis each year, and preregistration is required, the student should allow sufficient time for the results to be included with the enrollment application. A TOEFL score is not required if the applicant has a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or if the student has completed a bachelor's degree or higher in English in another country, as evidenced by an official transcript in English.
- Basic computer skills (i.e. Power Point / Word)
*Students are responsible for checking requirements for the state in which they wish to be licensed.