Almost a quarter of a trillion dollars of the nation's yearly healthcare costs are attributable to substance abuse and addiction. Source: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2011.
The Master of Health Science in Addictions Studies degree program prepares leaders in addictions prevention and treatment. The curriculum emphasizes state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches to addictions — giving our students the skills and background they need to meet the changing needs of clients and their communities.
Choose your Format
Choose from several class format, whichever is most convenient for you:
- Fully in-class sessions;
- Hybrid, with 50 percent coursework completed online; or
- Fully online
The program has a strong underpinning in cultural understanding and sensitivity, giving graduates the ability to appreciate — and respond to — cultural and community influences on addictions and recovery.
The program is comprehensive. We take our students through pharmacology. We teach them prevention, counseling, and group techniques. We lay the foundations for research to practice. We integrate that knowledge into a thorough investigation of treatment programs, from planning to management.
Internships complete the program — and provide opportunities for students to concentrate their experiences.
Accreditation and Certification
The MHS program is fully accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) — and our graduates meet the education requirements for practice as certified addictions counselors. The Master of Health Science in Addictions Studies 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.
Qualified students may also take the criminal justice internship option to meet the requirements for the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional.
MHS in Addictions Studies Fact Sheet
Great News! Online MHS in Addictions Studies Named One of the Nation's Best!
GSU's online Master of Health Science in Addictions Studies degree program has been recognized by OnlineColleges.net as one of the best in the country. The program was ranked second among the top five programs in the
According to the website, headed by
distance education instructor and thought leader Melissa Venable, Ph.D.,
"We've carefully reviewed every college offering masters in substance
abuse programs online, and Governors State University is one of the best
choices for students in 2016. You've clearly put great emphasis on
creating a program that prepares students for success, and that played a
major role in our ranking. To evaluate each online program, we used a
complex methodology that compares academics, student experience,
financial aid and enrollment in the online masters in substance abuse
program, resulting in a clear picture of the best offerings in the
With a focus on emerging trends
and developments in online education, OnlineColleges.net has been
informing prospective students since 2009.
View GSU's complete profile here.
The Master of Health Science in Addictions Studies degree program prepares leaders
in addictions prevention and treatment. The curriculum emphasizes
state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches to addictions — giving our
students the skills and background they need to meet the changing needs
of clients and their communities.
In addition to OnlineColleges.net, thebestschools.org has also recognized Governors State University as one of the best Online Masters in Substance Abuse
Counseling degree programs in the country.