Established by the Dakota Territory Legislature in 1862, USD enrolls nearly 10,000 students as a public research university. The school offers an accredited substance abuse counseling program among its 40 online degree options. Its BS in addiction studies integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with the necessary experience to provide effective counseling.
The department dedicates 45 of the 120 required credits to its addiction studies curriculum. Core courses comprise 30 credits and examine the study of alcohol/drug use and addiction, fundamental skills for individual and group counseling, family systems, and ethical and legal issues. Students can specialize in treatment or prevention concentrations.
Each interested candidate must complete an online application and supply the university with high school transcripts, along with official ACT or SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency. Students over the age of 21 are not required to submit standardized test scores.