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Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies Launches Online Degree

CENTER CITY, Minn., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Higher Learning Commission recently granted approval to launch the new online master's degree offered by the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies (HGSAS).

With applications for the Winter 2015 semester being accepted now, the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders focuses on the science of addiction and mental health and can be completed in as little as two years. This innovative program utilizes evidence-based approaches to promote integrated recovery designed to transform the lives of those struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues.

"We are excited to expand access to our quality educational programming," said Roy Kammer, the dean of the HGSAS. "This new degree option continues the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's strong tradition of leadership in providing education on the disease of addiction. This online option will ensure that world-class professional help is available in local communities on a global scale to individuals and families struggling with alcohol and drug addiction issues."

Students in this program will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively treat and promote recovery for individuals with addiction and co-occurring issues such as mental health and medical complications. The curriculum, which includes courses in differential diagnosis, trauma-informed treatment, medical issues, psychopharmacology, and recovery management, provides an approach to service provision that is evidence-based and integrated from the first contact with the client. This program is offered in an online format to provide a flexible and convenient method of obtaining advanced training in the behavioral health field.


  • 60-credit program.
  • Online program including three residency experiences.
  • Full-time 24-month program with part-time options available.
  • Customizable through internships and other elective courses.
  • Three convenient start dates throughout the year.
  • Curriculum designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credentials in Minnesota.*
  • Financial aid and grants are available to those who qualify.
  • Students may elect to complete clinical practice credits to meet licensure requirements, which vary by location. Faculty advisors assist students in determining the best course of study to meet their specific career goals.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Students may be subject to individual state guidelines related to clinical practice requirements (freedom from chemical use problems, criminal history, etc.).

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 15 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery.  Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org.

For more information on the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies:
hazelden.edu or send an email to [email protected].

Press Contact: Christine Anderson, 651-213-4231 [email protected]

SOURCE Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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