12 months
470 USD/credit 15510 USD/year
470 USD/credit 15510 USD/year
470 USD/credit 15510 USD/year
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As one of eight accredited master's programs in the nation, graduates of the Addiction Counseling and Prevention program from University of South Dakota will be eligible for the highest level of addiction and prevention credentialing through the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals.

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Key Features

Prepares professionals for advanced levels of competency to address current and future addiction, co-occurring and prevention challenges in society. \

The M.A. can be completed in as little as 33 credit hours for those qualifying for the advanced track, or as many as 45 credit hours for those following the standard track. Your course of study is dependent upon your addiction credentials and academic background.  

The Addiction Counseling and Prevention program from University of South Dakota is 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Legal/Ethical Issues & The Addiction Profession 
  • Wellness, Recovery, & Maintenance 
  • Addiction Counseling 
  • Addiction Studies Research
  • Addiction Profession Supervision 
  • Public Policy & Addiction 
  • Case Management & Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders 
  • History and Culture of Addiction 
  • Relapse Prevention 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits




Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.
  • Official Transcripts: If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.
  • Official Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 470 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    15510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 470 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 470 USD per credit during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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