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Addiction Studies Master of Science in Addiction Studies

School of Counseling and Human Services

Your compassion can help others overcome addiction

Ready to expand your career in addictions counseling? You can help make a difference in others’ lives with a Capella online master’s in addiction studies degree. Hone your skills as an addictions treatment professional working with individuals to develop and conduct prevention programs that can help them turn their lives around. Collaborate as part of a clinical team, or work independently with real-world situations to make a difference in the lives of clients and their families.

At a Glance

  • Online and in person
  • 10 core courses
  • 1 residency
  • Internship

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Classes Start August 5th

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Addictions studies program highlights

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Gain real-world skills with a combination of online, theory-based coursework and in-person learning experiences.

Flexible, engaged, online learning

Learn with curriculum that’s aligned with school counseling education standards to help you prepare for professional credentialing.

Approved education provider

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are active within their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

Flexible, engaging online learning

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

Integrated addiction treatment standards

Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment.

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Source: Alumni Outcome Survey, 2017

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.

Ann Melvin, PhD

Core faculty

William Attridge, PhD

Core faculty

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
$20,160$26,880* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$560 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.  

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Accredited & recognized

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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.

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ADD5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Addiction Professionals

This course presents theories of human development and behavior throughout the lifecycle. Learners examine approaches for researching human development, including personality and moral development theory. Learners also focus on the developing person by applying biological, psychological, and addiction concepts. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ADD5106
Assessment of Addiction

Learners in this course examine the addiction-specific assessment process and apply assessment principles, measurement constructs, and testing strategies to evaluate diverse clients with a range of presenting issues. In addition, learners analyze screening and assessment results to diagnose substance-use disorders and determine goals and treatment recommendations. Learners also analyze legal, ethical, and cultural considerations related to screening and assessment in addiction treatment.

4 quarter credits
ADD5107
Principles of Integrated Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Learners in this course examine diagnostic categories, professional literature, and current issues associated with an integrated addiction treatment model. Learners also explore the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) classifications and diagnostic issues associated with multicultural populations. 

4 quarter credits
ADD5217
Ethical and Legal Issues in Addiction Treatment

In this course, learners evaluate current legal and ethical guidelines used in the addiction profession. Learners apply decision-making models and formulate effective collaboration strategies used to resolve legal and ethical issues that arise when working with children, adults, couples, and families. Learners also analyze how personal belief systems influence addiction professionals’ responses to those issues.

4 quarter credits
ADD5258
Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment

In this course, learners explore group counseling as an important aspect of addictions treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention. Learners develop a personal model of group treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders that is informed by counseling and group theories; ethical, legal, and cultural considerations; and group development models.

4 quarter credits

"Little things—faint memories, unique word choices—can often lead to important discoveries, helping clients find solutions and coping strategies as they navigate life’s path. In the clinic, focus on these small matters."

Simone Lambert, PhD
School of Counseling and Human Services Faculty Member

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What you’ll learn

  • Articulate knowledge, skills, and practices related to addiction treatment
  • Apply addiction intervention and prevention theories, models, and approaches to individuals and groups
  • Deliver ethical, cultural, and ethnicity-sensitive services to clients in practical settings.

  • Select appropriate assessment interventions to evaluate and develop a treatment plan for clients.
  • Analyze research and models of program evaluation for addiction treatment and prevention.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills to create treatment plans for clients with substance use disorders.

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.

Residency

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

Internship

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Career center

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

Addiction Studies career insights

The Need for Opiod Abuse Counselors

As Americans die every day from overdoses, the demand for trained addiction professionals continues.

Exploring Careers in Addiction Treatment

A degree in addiction studies could lead you to a satisfying career helping others overcome substance use issues.

Counseling Honor Societies: Valuable Recognition of Excellence

These societies are more than honor. Membership recognizes excellence among peers, showcasing skills and achievement.

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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