Capella University

MS - Addiction Studies


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS - Addiction Studies

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Capella Master’s in Addiction Studies integrates course work, residency, and fieldwork, which are focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary to help individuals struggling with or affected by addictions. Position yourself for increased career opportunities in the fast-growing field of substance abuse and addiction treatment.

Earn your degree in the Capella Master’s in Addiction Studies in as little as two years with a curriculum that covers theoretical and practical skills necessary to offer treatment for addictive behavior. To complement your academic course work, the program includes 300 hours of internship, which aligns with the common requirements states have set for credentialing examinations.

With your Master's in Addiction Studies from Capella, you'll learn to identify behaviors and situations and apply counseling theories, models, and approaches to individuals and groups who face addiction. You'll also apply knowledge, skills, and best practices related to addiction treatment, and select appropriate assessments to evaluate clients and develop a treatment plan.

An online Master's in Addiction Studies degree can prepare you for positions in treatment and prevention programs, as well as general clinical settings where addiction professionals serve as members of a treatment team. Common jobs include addictions counselor, case manager, chemical dependency counselor, chemical dependency professional, clinical counselor, and correctional substance abuse counselor. Potential workplaces include mental health facilities, educational institutions, health care or management/administration, government agencies, vocational rehabilitation, and criminal justice/corrections.

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have: Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution, undergrad GPA of at least 2.7 (on 4.0 scale) or equivalent from an international institution, professional experience.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

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