Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies The Tenacious Five: Congrats To Our First Online Degree Program Graduates A Message from Val Slaymaker, PhD, chief academic officer and provost The first student cohort of our online master's degree in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders—five students who live and work in five different states—were awarded degrees this winter. Their graduation marks an important milestone in the reach and impact of the Graduate School as well as a hallmark achievement for each of the graduates. Our director of online education, Kristin Anderson-Wolff, describes this group of trailblazing students as "tenacious" and "willing to take risks in order to achieve a goal." I couldn't agree more. Her description speaks to the extraordinary passion and determination I see across our entire student body. Our students are on a mission to help more people find recovery from addiction. As evidenced by the nation's ongoing opioid crisis, the expertise and skills of our graduates are needed now more than ever. Please visit the Alumni section to "meet" our pioneering graduates. Top Rating I'm pleased to report that the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies earned the highest possible score in the U.S. Department of Education's test for financial responsibility. The department considers an institution's debt, assets and other factors in making the determination. Learn more. Digital Upgrades With "mobile first" accessibility and usage in mind, we recently refreshed the look and navigation of the Graduate School's website. Design and functional enhancements ensure that content is easy to read and actionable on both small and large screens. In the short time since we launched the update, we've seen increased traffic and longer stays on our website—two key indicators that the enhancements are effective. If you haven't already, I hope you will take a few minutes to browse the new site. And keep coming back!