Earn a Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling At the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, we set the industry standard by offering master's degree programs that prepare you for a future career as a substance abuse counselor while fitting education easily into your life. Each of our counseling programs, while focused on addiction studies, includes coursework in mental health or co-occurring disorders, reflecting current industry trends to treat substance abuse patients with a more comprehensive counseling approach. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), the Graduate School maintains high industry and academic standards. Our blend of evidence-based coursework and clinical practicums gives you the coveted opportunity to learn from leading experts at the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment center, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Which Substance Abuse Counselor Degree Program Is Right for You? On-Campus: Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice Online: Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders Customized Training Courses Ready to Get Started on Your Career Path? Contact Us for More Information or Apply Today. Use the grid below to quickly see which 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 Total Clock Hours - - Included Clinical Hours 880 Optional Prerequisite Education Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's Degree Program Format On-campus with online learning Online with three residency experiences Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)* X X Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)* X* X* Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)* X* X* *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 candidate’s responsibility to check licensing requirements in his or her respective state. Ready to Get Started on Your Career Path? Contact Us for More Information or Apply Today. Why Choose the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies? We have one focus: training addiction counselors who will lead the field. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the longest continuous provider of substance abuse counselor training in the United States. Our substance abuse counseling degree programs 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 programs, you will enjoy low student-to-faculty ratios and support from our world-class faculty as you become a successful addiction counselor. 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 curriculum. Furthermore, 100% of our full-time faculty members hold a doctoral degree, the highest degree in their field. Learn more about the Graduate School including admission requirements, financial aid and our campus services and diversity. Counseling Program Options to Fit Your Needs You can complete your master’s degree in addiction counseling in 20–24 months when attending school full time. Not sure you have time to be a full-time student? Don’t worry. Both our on-campus and online addiction counseling master's degree programs have part-time options as well. We also offer a customized training course option for those who are looking for counselor education on a specific topic or for those who are not ready to fully commit to enrolling in a degree program. During practicums and internships, our students work with clients individually and in group counseling settings using a variety of modalities. Students have the option of developing clinical skills while being supervised by experienced Hazelden Betty Ford clinicians. Opportunities to intern at Hazelden Betty Ford clinical locations throughout the U.S. extend to on-campus and online program students, and all students have options to intern at other placement sites convenient to them. Our Addiction Counselor Graduates Are in Demand You’re drawn to drug and alcohol addiction counseling because you want to help. With a master's degree from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, your job growth and prospects are strong. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Our graduates are quickly employed. Of 408 graduates who responded to our survey from 2002-April 2017, 92% of those seeking employment were employed within six months of graduation. Addiction treatment centers across the nation recruit our graduates. Hear what one employer has to say about our addiction counselor graduates. What Degree Is Needed to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor? For more than 35 years, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has prepared substance abuse counselors who help individuals and families reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. There have been significant advancements in the study of and treatment for substance use disorders. Identifying addiction as a disease, and personalizing treatment for those with substance abuse problems accordingly, has been a driving force of our counselor education. What had historically been a profession where drug abuse counselors needed only a high school diploma is now evolving into a specialized counseling field that requires the skills to treat patients with complex substance use and co-occurring disorders. The requirements to work as a substance abuse counselor can vary by state, so always check with your state’s requirements, but generally, requirements involve: Completing a counseling-related educational program Completing a specified number of supervised hours in clinical mental health counseling or addiction counseling Passing a state administered exam to achieve licensure as a counselor in that state In today’s counseling field, a master’s degree in addiction counseling can set you apart from other job candidates. The courses and practicum required in graduate-level counseling degree programs provide you with on-the-job experience and training that employers look for to provide patients with the highest level of care. Educating Future Substance Abuse Counseling Leaders The impact of addiction to alcohol and other drugs continues to ravage families across the U.S. The need for trained professionals to address these challenges continues to be strong. If you are interested in helping others who suffer from the effects of substance abuse, the addiction counseling field can offer you a personally rewarding career with potential job growth. Our graduates are in demand for careers in: Treatment clinics Family therapy practice Detox centers Hospitals Sober residences Group counseling School counseling Correctional facilities Counselor education Our counseling degree programs offer opportunities for on-the-job training and the development of clinical skills required of successful substance abuse counselors. Credit hours and curriculum coincide with IC&RC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium) credential requirements and NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) certification programs.