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What will I learn?

The damage from substance use disorders reaches beyond the person who is using substances. It affects loved ones and extends into the community through impact on healthcare, law enforcement, and occupational and educational arenas. Governors State University’s Masters of Health Science in Addictions Studies prepares leaders in addictions prevention and treatment. As the number of people suffering from substance abuse and addiction grows, so too does the demand for licensed substance abuse counselors.

Through a curriculum fully accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA), you’ll receive the skills and background you need to meet the changing needs of clients and their communities. The program is also accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), which is the only accrediting body that represents addiction-focused educators and practitioners.

Reach your career goals.

In the Addiction Studies program, you will prepare to enter the field as you translate research into practice. Expert faculty members integrate that knowledge into a thorough investigation of treatment programs, from planning to management. Complete your program with an internship that provides a hands-on opportunity to apply what you’ve learned, and enter the field with the education requirements to practice as a certified addictions counselor.

Qualified students may also take the criminal justice internship option to meet the requirements for the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional.

Why get a Masters of Health Science in Addiction Studies?

Treatment programs need professionals who understand addictions and how to empower individuals to overcome them. Cultural understanding and sensitivity are essential to your ability as a counselor to appreciate and respond to cultural and community influences on addiction and recovery. As a graduate student in the program, you will receive a comprehensive course of study emphasizing state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches to addictions, which includes pharmacology, prevention, counseling, and group techniques.

Delivery Format

Governors State’s 32-credit hour MHS in Addictions Studies is offered in three flexible formats: courses can be taken fully on-campus, through hybrid courses in which 50% of the coursework is completed online, or fully online.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $706 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021

Venue

College of Health and Human Services

1 University Parkway,

UNIVERSITY PARK,

Illinois,

60484, United States

Online/Distance with attendance (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $706 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021

Venue

College of Health and Human Services

1 University Parkway,

UNIVERSITY PARK,

Illinois,

60484, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

All applicants must:

  • have earned (or will have earned by the term they wish to enroll) a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
  • have been in good standing at the last institution attended,
  • have satisfied collegial and/or major criteria, if applicable, for graduate study in a specific major

International Students must meet the university language requirement for admission to the university. Applicants must take either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE).

  • For the IELTS, applicants must meet the minimum acceptable score of 6.0 academic version.
  • TOEFL Exam scores: Paper - 550; Listening - 55; Reading - 54; Writing - 58; Computer Internet - 213; Listening - 21; Reading - 24; Writing - 21; Internet (iBT) - 80: Listening - 20; Speaking - 20; Reading - 20; Writing - 20.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Exam score 53: Listening - 53; Speaking - 53; Reading - 53; Writing - 53.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Governors State University is ranked as one of the safest public university campuses in Illinois, with 24/7 patrolling by certified police officers.

  • Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission
  • Small class sizes of just 18 students
  • Chicago is a global hub with careers and internships
  • Offers over 60 degree programs