Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School

We set the standard in quality by offering CACREP-accredited master's degree programs that prepare you for a career as an addiction and mental health counselor
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Both of our CACREP-accredited counseling programs are based in addiction studies and the treatment of substance use disorders, but also include intensive coursework and emphases on 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.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Learn more about CACREP Accreditation. Graduating from a CACREP-accredited program does not guarantee licensure. However, CACREP standards typically meet minimum educational and experiential requirements for state licensure, and some states require graduation from a CACREP-accredited program in order to be eligible for licensure. Please note that Licensing requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. More information about licensure is available here.

We are also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 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 upholds the highest standards of academic excellence and professional competence.

Connect with the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School educates future leaders in addiction counseling who provide evidence-based integrated care for substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Why choose the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School?

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 our graduate students to work in the field of substance abuse counseling for more than 50 years.

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. 

Addiction treatment centers across the nation recruit our graduates. Hear what one employer has to say about our addiction counselor graduates.

Graduate Assistantship

Apply now for a Fall GA Position

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School is offering one graduate assistant position opportunity for a new degree-seeking student. The person selected for this role will support academic and student service units for 10 hours per week in exchange for up to six credits of tuition each semester for 20 months of consecutive enrollment. A value of nearly $25,000 in tuition! New students must be admitted for the upcoming Fall Hybrid/On-Campus Semester to apply for the graduate assistant position. Applicants will be required to come to campus at least one day per week.

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Join Us

Attend an Open House

Explore our upcoming events, open houses and more. Our virtual events offer you the opportunity to connect with students, alumni, faculty and staff from the comfort of your own home. Our in person open house events are held at either our Center City, Minnesota location or our St. Paul, Minnesota location.

Highlights of our Open House:

  • Catch up on the latest news at the Graduate School
  • Meet the faculty and staff who will provide you with individual support while pursuing your degree
  • Talk with current students about courses, internships and life as a student
  • Learn about our hybrid program with courses in St. Paul and Center City, as well as our online program
  • Review our admission guidelines—no GRE required!
  • Hear from alumni about licensure and working in the field
  • Tour our Hazelden Betty Ford campuses in Center City or St. Paul, Minnesota
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Welcome to your Alumni Association

The alumni association of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School is committed to cultivating a lifelong relationship between the school and our alumni, fostering camaraderie among certificate, graduate and training program student alumni. The association supports the mission of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School and, in doing so, affords all alumni opportunities for continued professional development, networking and scholarship. The association sponsors reunions, events and mentoring opportunities.

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