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Addiction Studies Master of Science in Addiction Studies

School of Counseling and Human Services


Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

12 Required Courses, 48 quarter credits

ADD5004 Survey of Research in Human Development for Addiction Professionals 4 quarter credits
ADD5106 Assessment of Addiction 4 quarter credits
ADD5107 Principles of Integrated Addiction and Mental Health Treatment 4 quarter credits
ADD5217 Ethical and Legal Issues in Addiction Treatment 4 quarter credits
ADD5258 Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment 4 quarter credits
ADD5260 Theories and Models of Addiction Treatment 4 quarter credits
ADD5261 Treatment Interventions for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 4 quarter credits
ADD5264 Foundations and Current Issues in Addiction Treatment 4 quarter credits
ADD5336 Implications of Addiction Treatment with Diverse Populations 4 quarter credits
ADD5945 Supervision and Program Management in Addiction Treatment 4 quarter credits

Specific Residency or Clinical Experience Courses

All academic courses listed below include specific residency, practice, or clinical experiences. Learners must complete prerequisites to be eligible to complete each course in the sequence.

ADD-R5941* Addiction Studies Residency 4 quarter credits
ADD6431* Addiction Studies Internship 4 quarter credits


*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (

This program will not meet Substance Abuse Counselor certification requirements in Wisconsin.

Residency Requirement

Your master's program requires the completion of one residency embedded within a six-week online course (ADD-R5941).

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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