What do substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors do? Our graduates become counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care leaders. Drug and alcohol addiction counselors work in a wide variety of settings such as residential or outpatient care centers; mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities; individual and family services; local government; hospitals; and private practice. Additional settings include prisons, probation or parole agencies, juvenile detention facilities, halfway houses, detox centers, schools and employee assistance programs. Which degree program is right for me? When selecting a degree program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, you are encouraged to discuss your goals with our knowledgeable Admissions staff. What type of licensure do you wish to obtain? Which program format will allow you be most successful? What credentials are needed in the field? Knowing your career goals will allow you to select the appropriate program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. This chart explains what makes each of our degree programs unique. What is the employment outlook for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors? Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies. Review the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors for more information. How long are the programs? The Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice, can be completed in 20 months. The Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders online program can be completed in 24 months or can be extended in order to complete the degree on a part-time basis. How much does it cost to enroll? Tuition cost and fees vary from program to program. View Tuition/Fees for more detailed information. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we have implemented a tuition freeze through Fall Semester 2021. When can I visit campus? We welcome prospective students to campus Monday-Friday. While on campus, you can meet with Student Services staff and currently enrolled students, sit in on a class, and talk with faculty members. Join us to learn more about the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies by attending an Open House in Center City or an Information Session in Maple Grove, Chaska, or St. Paul. By attending an event, you have the opportunity to listen to a presentation outlining our academic opportunities and meet faculty and staff. Additionally, at Open House events you will hear from a panel of current students and alumni and take a tour of our Center City campus. Learn more about upcoming Information Sessions and Open Houses.