Master of Science in Addiction Studies

Understanding professional licensure

It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state. Here are some resources to help you start your research:

Our MS in Addiction Studies program is:

  • Designed to prepare learners for an initial license as a Master’s level Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • 48 quarter credits
  • 300 internship hours
  • Aligned to the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) certification
  • Capella University is an Approved Education Provider of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals for its MS in Addiction Studies program

Roadmap to licensure

Aside from the educational component that a degree program helps you fulfill, some states have additional post-graduate and exam requirements you may have to meet. Though every learner’s path to licensure is unique to their specific state requirements and life experiences, your journey to licensure may look like this:

Licensure requirements by state

Take a look at your state’s specific requirements for licensure as interpreted by Capella University. You can download the map here.

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