Earn Your Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies sets the standard in quality and convenience by offering master's degree programs that prepare you for a career as an addiction and mental health counselor while fitting graduate education easily into your life. Both of our addiction counseling programs, while focused on the study and treatment of substance use disorders, include coursework in mental health and co-occurring disorders. This integrated approach reflects best practices in health care to treat substance use disorders and related conditions with a comprehensive counseling approach. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies upholds the highest standards of academic excellence and professional competence. Our blend of evidence-based coursework and clinical practicums gives you the coveted opportunity to learn from recognized experts at the nation’s leading nonprofit addiction treatment center, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Explore our degree program options below, and take the next step to further your studies and advance your career. Which Addiction Counselor Graduate Program Is Right for You? On-campus – Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice Online – Master's Degree in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Development Courses Use the grid below to quickly see which addiction counseling degree program best fits your needs. On-Campus Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice Online Master's: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders Program Length 20 months 24 months Total Credit Hours 60 60 Included Clinical Hours 880 Optional Prerequisite Education Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's Degree Program Format On-campus with online learning Online with two residency experiences Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)* X X Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)* X X Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)* X X *The content of this grid was developed based on Minnesota licensure requirements. Programs are designed to meet the academic requirements to pursue licensure in this state. It is the student's responsibility to check licensing requirements in his or her respective state. Credit hours and curricula coincide with International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) credential requirements and The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) certification programs. A bachelor's degree is required to apply. Ready to Get Started on Your Career Path? Contact us for more information or start your application. Why Choose the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies? Our Graduate School has a distinct and singular focus: training addiction counselors who will lead the treatment and recovery field. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been preparing substance abuse counselors to work in the field for more than 50 years. Our graduate programs in substance abuse counseling offer you the ultimate in flexibility and accessibility. If you have the ability to study with us on campus, classes are offered at both our Center City and St. Paul, Minnesota, locations. If you prefer or need to be a distance learner, we offer an online master’s degree program for students who live in the United States. As a student in our accredited addiction studies programs, you will benefit from low student-to-faculty ratios. The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School's world-class faculty members bring first-hand knowledge from years of clinical experience, research, and teaching, ensuring that our students get the most out of our innovative curricula. All of our full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees, the highest degree attainable in their field. Learn more about the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School including admission requirements, financial aid, campus services, FAQs, and diversity. In surveys conducted year after year, our graduates report exceptionally high rates of academic performance and career placement. From 2004-2018, 99.7% of graduates taking the licensing/certification examination within six months of graduation passed the first time (based on 378/379 survey respondents) 92.8% were successfully employed within six months of graduation (of 426/459 graduates who responded to our survey from 2002-2018) 98.5% reported a high degree of satisfaction with the education they received (of 395/401 survey respondents from 2004-2018) Counseling Program Options to Fit Your Needs As a full-time student at the Graduate School, you can complete your master’s degree in addiction counseling in 20 to 24 months. If you are unable to commit to a full-time schedule, part-time options are available for both our on-campus and online addiction counseling master's degree programs. We also offer master's-level professional development courses if you are seeking advanced education on a specific addiction counseling topic but are unable to enroll in a degree program. Through practicums and internships, our students work with clients individually and in group counseling settings and use a variety of therapeutic modalities. Students also have the option of developing clinical skills while being supervised by experienced Hazelden Betty Ford clinicians. We extend opportunities to intern at Hazelden Betty Ford's addiction treatment centers located throughout the U.S. to all students, as well as options to intern at other placement sites convenient to you. Our Addiction Counselor Graduates Are in Demand With a master's degree from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, your job growth and prospects in the field of drug and alcohol addiction counseling are strong. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Addiction treatment centers across the nation recruit our graduates. Hear what one employer has to say about our addiction counselor graduates. What Is Needed to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor? For more than 50 years, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has trained and educated substance abuse counselors who help individuals and families reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Significant advancements in the science of addiction and evidence-based approaches in treating substance use disorders have continually informed our counselor education programs. Identifying addiction as a chronic disease and tailoring treatment to meet the needs of the individual patient are the hallmarks of our counselor education programs. The addiction counseling profession has evolved dramatically as well. In the past, alcohol and drug counselors or substance abuse counselors needed only a high school diploma in order to practice in many areas of the country. Today, addiction counseling is an increasingly specialized area of behavioral health. Competent addiction counselors must have the skills to treat patients with complex substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The requirements to work as a substance abuse counselor vary by state (check your state's certification, credentialing or licensure regulations) and typically involve: Completing a counseling-related educational program Completing a specified number of supervised hours in mental health counseling or addiction counseling Passing a state-administered licensure exam In today’s behavioral health counseling field, a master’s degree in addiction and mental health counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School can set you apart from other job candidates. The academic courses and practicum required in graduate-level counseling degree programs provide you with the education, training and on-the-job experience employers are seeking. Educating Future Substance Abuse Counseling Leaders Addiction to alcohol and other drugs continues to ravage families and communities across the U.S. The need for trained professionals to address these challenges is stronger than ever. If you have a calling to help individuals, families, and communities heal from the pain and suffering of substance abuse, the addiction and mental health counseling field can offer you a personally rewarding career with tremendous potential for job growth. Our graduates are in demand in all areas of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, including: Rehab clinics Family therapy practices Detox centers Hospitals Community-based psychology services Sober residences Group counseling School counseling Correctional facilities Counselor education Whether you intend to work in health care, private practice, or another setting, the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School's counseling programs offer opportunities for on-the-job training and the development of clinical skills required of today's successful substance abuse counselor.