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Addiction Studies Master of Science in Addiction Studies

School of Counseling and Human Services

Help Others Overcome Addiction

Are you interested in helping individuals who have some form of substance use disorder? Capella’s online master’s in addiction studies program can help turn your passion for helping others into a career. Earn a degree that will allow you to pursue positions as an addiction professional in treatment and prevention programs, as well as in general clinical settings where addiction professionals serve as members of a treatment team.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 10 Core Courses
  • 1 Residency
  • Internship

Classes Start January 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Treat Addiction

Articulate knowledge, skills, and practices related to addiction treatment.

Apply Addiction Theories & Models

Apply addiction intervention and prevention theories, models, and approaches to individuals and groups.  

Embrace Cultural Diversity

Deliver ethical, cultural, and ethnicity-sensitive services to clients in practical settings.

Develop Treatment Protocols

Select appropriate assessment interventions to evaluate and develop a treatment plan for clients. 

Analyze Research & Models

Analyze research and models of program evaluation for addiction treatment and prevention.

Create Treatment Plans

Integrate knowledge and skills to create treatment plans for clients with substance use disorders.

Master's in Addiction Studies Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Professionally Credible Programs

Capella’s MS in Addiction Studies is built to meet state credentialing standards and aligned to the Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (AADC) certification.

Streamlined Curriculum

Focus on degree-specific courses to reach your goals, and take advantage of time- and money-savings options, such as transfer credits.

Flexible, Engaged Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$545 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Faculty Interview

"Our faculty members are experts in the field and are committed to walking alongside each of our students [and] our curriculum provides students with valuable content that prepares them for the field."

Anna Hultquist
Dean of Counseling, Human Services, and Human Behavioral Programs

Competency-based curriculum incorporates addiction treatment standards.

Through the integration of contemporary substance abuse treatment theory with practical application, this program is designed to provide the professional competencies necessary to help those with substance use disorders.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

MS in Addiction Studies Sample Courses

Capella’s MS in Addiction Studies provides you with treatment and intervention skills. You’ll focus on established standards, evidence-based practices, and ethics, including awareness and sensitivity to the complex needs of a multicultural society.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ADD5004 Survey of Research in Human Development for Addiction Professionals
ADD5106 Assessment of Addiction
ADD5107 Principles of Integrated Addiction and Mental Health Treatment
ADD5217 Ethical and Legal Issues in Addiction Treatment
ADD5258 Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that help you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty. 


Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision. 

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Addiction Studies Career Insights

Exploring the Spectrum of Addiction Treatment

A look at the skills and knowledge necessary to help individuals struggling with or affected by addiction.

Education in the Field: Practica & Internships at Capella

Learning options like Practica and internships provide hands-on, in-person experiences to solidify knowledge.

Exploring Mental Health Career Options

Explore five different mental health career paths, including responsibilities, skills, and educational requirements.

Master's in Addiction Studies Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Master’s in Addiction Studies degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Residential counselor
  • Case manager/worker
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Detox specialist
  • Alcohol and drug counselor
  • Recovery specialist
  • Substance abuse counselor/specialist
  • Addiction counselor/specialist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community mental health center
  • Behavioral health unit in hospital
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family service agency
  • Clinic
  • Halfway house
  • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation/treatment
  • Residential treatment center
  • State and federal agencies
  • Group practice
  • Prison system
  • Hospital

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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