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Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

Program Details

The online Master of Arts in Addiction Studies from the University of South Dakota offers two distinct paths of higher learning.  The standard track comprises 45 credit hours and is intended for professionals who do not currently possess a Chemical Dependency Certification or a background in addiction counseling.  On the other hand, the advanced, accelerated track of 33 credit hours is geared for professionals who currently hold a Level II or Level III Chemical Dependency Certification, who are Licensed Addiction Counselors, and/or have an undergraduate degree in Addiction Studies.

You should check with your state’s regulating agency to determine if this online MA degree in Addiction Studies will fulfill your requirements for licensure or certification if you are outside the state of South Dakota.


  • Official transcript.
  • Hold a bachelors degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose. 
  • Resume. 
  • Applicants must complete a face-to-face interview. If applicant is not from the region, the interview can be completed via Skype or Elluminate. 
  • Applicants must complete a successful criminal background check prior to matriculation.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)