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Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling
This program provides you with a strong foundation in addiction treatment, with advanced course work in mental health counseling. Courses attend to individual differences in clinical presentation, culture, life-span development, support systems, and vocational adjustment to address the complexities of addiction and common co-occurring conditions such as mental health. Your studies will simultaneously blend academic course work and clinical experience within and outside of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
- 60-credit program.
- Offered at our Center City, MN campus with some online coursework required.
- Full-time 20-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), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credentials in Minnesota.*
- Financial aid and grants are available to those who qualify.
- Course outline
- 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.