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Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Master of Arts Degree Program in
The Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling is a graduate course of study designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and skill to address the complexities of addiction treatment and recovery across the continuum of care.
The Graduate School of Addiction Studies offers courses focusing on individual and group counseling, research, multicultural counseling, mental health complications and adolescent development.
- 44 credit program (see course outline)
- Additional elective courses available*
- Full-time one-year program
- Part-time two year program
- Full and part-time student enrollment accepted each semester
- Offered at Hazelden's campus in Center City, Minnesota. Degree not available through distance learning.
Graduates of the Master of Arts and Certificate programs meet requirements for licensure in Minnesota for alcohol and drug addiction counseling. Please note: as of July 1, 2008, candidates for Minnesota licensure must hold a bachelor's degree.
Licensing requirements vary from state to state. We encourage all applicants to check with their respective states on specific licensure requirement.
*Students may elect to complete additional coursework in vocational adjustment, life span development, and clinical practice in order to pursue licensure in Minnesota as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Students interested in these options are advised to discuss options with their academic and financial aid advisors. Some states require a 60 credit degree for entrance to advanced licensing exams. In those cases, students may prefer to enroll in the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice degree.
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning, or equivalent, as pertinent for international students
- Certification of no chemical use problems within the two years 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)
- Tuition and fees
Information about career opportunities can be found at the Department of Labor O*NET website. HGSAS prepares students for the broad occupation (SOC) code 21-1000 counselors and the detailed occupation, 21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors.
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