University of South Dakota

Addiction Studies

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The Master of Arts in Addiction Studies prepares addiction professionals for advanced levels of competency to address current and future addiction/co-occurring and prevention challenges in society. Practicing professionals need graduate level knowledge to address the complexities of today's client. Graduates of the degree will be eligible for the highest level of addiction/prevention credentialing through the South Dakota Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Professionals. The M.A. can be completed in as little as 33 credit hours, or as many as 45, depending upon student's academic background and certification.

The Master's Degree in Addiction Studies at USD is a fully online program, utilizing Desire2Learn as the coursework platform.

Admission requirements:

  1. Completed Graduate Application Form 
  2. $35 application fee 
  3. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree as verified by official transcripts.
  4. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for provisional, 3.0 for full admittance. 
  5. One year professional experience and/or supervised clinical/volunteer experience preferred. Each applicant will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 
  6. Statement of Purpose (250-word minimum). 
  7. Resume. 
  8. Official Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended. 
  9. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation. 
  10. Applicants must provide a copy of a photo ID. 
  11. Applicants must complete a face-to-face interview. If applicant is not from the region, the interview can be completed via Skype or Illuminate. 
  12. Applicants must complete a background check before their first semester commences. Clearance can be completed by Verified Credentials, Inc. Please follow the instructions as directed on their website: Verified Credentials, Inc. Applicants will be required to provide identifying information as well as a payment source. Results will be certified and returned to the applicant as well as the ADS department.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

The University of South Dakota
Division of Continuing & Distance Education
Phone: 605-658-6140

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