Retention, Graduation Rates and Career Outlook

Curious about our graduation and retention rates? You’ll find the data below, dating back to 2015.
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Our Graduates Are in Demand

You're drawn to addiction counseling because you want to help. With a degree from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School, your job prospects are strong.

  • Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Our graduates are quickly employed—92% of graduates are successfully employed within six months of graduation (based on 469/509 survey respondents from 2002-2020).
Masters of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-occurring Disorders
Fall
Cohort
Year
Students
retained at
one year
Graduation
Rate
2 years FT
Graduation
Rate
2-3 years PT
Graduation
Rate
3-5 years PT
Graduation
Rate
5-7 years PT
Final
Graduation
Rate

 2015  80.8%  23.1%  15.4%  34.6% 3.8% 76.9%
 2016  74.1%  25.9%  18.5%  14.8% 4.3% 73.9%
 2017  66.7%  23.8%  14.3%  14.3% 0%  52.4%
 2018  81.0%  9.5%  23.8%  TBD  TBD  TBD
 2019  77.3%  9.5%  33.3%  TBD  TBD  TBD
 2020 67.6%
24.3%
 TBD TBD
 TBD TBD
 2021  90.9%  TBD TBD  TBD
 TBD
 TBD
Masters of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice
Fall Cohort Year
Students
retained at
one year
Graduation
Rate
2 years FT
Graduation
Rate
2-3 years PT
Graduation
Rate
3-5 years PT
Graduation
Rate
5-7 years PT
Final
Graduation
Rate

 2015  89.5%  73.7%  10.5%  5.3%  0.0%  89.5%
 2016  73.9%  60.9%  8.7%  0.0%  4.3%  73.9%
 2017  86.7%  80.0%  0.0%  6.7% 0%  86.7%
 2018  84.6%  46.2% 30.8% 0% 0%  76.9%
 2019  92.3%  53.8%  15.4%  TBD  TBD  TBD
 2020  94.1%  76.5%  TBD  TBD TBD
TBD
 2021  62.5%  TBD
 TBD
 TBD
 TBD
 TBD
  • Enrollment counts as of day 8 of each term
  • New first-time, full- and part-time students entering in the fall semester of specified year
  • Retention Rates: This gives the percentage of first-time, full- and part-time students enrolled (day 8) in a given fall semester who are still enrolled at the beginning (day 8) of the following fall semester.
  • Graduate Rates: This gives the percentage of first-time, full- and part-time students enrolled (day 8) in a given fall semester who graduate from the graduate school within specific time periods.

In accordance with Student Right to Know Act Regulations:

  • Students who are deceased or permanently disabled prior to graduation are removed from initial cohorts

Data prior to 2015 are available upon request. Please contact Registrar's office.