Addiction Counseling


The addiction counseling certificate program is an online academic preparation program that prepares students to become eligible for licensure in Montana. This program offers all academic graduate course work needed to pursue internship/licensure with the State of Montana. Significantly, this is a graduate certificate program – not a master’s degree program. Students must have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field with a GPA of 3.0 to apply; however, motivated students with a GPA less than 3.0 are highly encouraged to contact the program leader or program manager to discuss the application process.

Students must earn a minimum of 12 credits in addiction-specific course work in order to earn the addiction counseling certificate from MSU. State licensure requirements are different, and students will be advised to take additional MSU addiction-specific course work to meet the State of Montana requirements. 

Prerequisite course work for the State of Montana licensure depends upon on your educational background. The MSU addiction counseling certificate program provides individual academic advisement and tailors a program of study based on individual student academic backgrounds. 


Complete 12 credits from the course list to receive the MSU addiction counseling certificate.  State licensure may require all 30 credits depending on student's prior academic course work.


AC 501Chemical Dependency Counseling (Spring)3
AC 502Psychopharmacology and Addictions (Spring)3
AC 503Assessment, Treatment Planning and Ethics of Addiction Counseling (Fall)3
AC 504Alcohol and Drug Studies (Fall)3
AC 505Cross Cultural & Ethical Considerations in Addictions Counseling (Summer)3
AC 506Group Counseling in Addiction Settings (Fall)3
AC 507Group Counseling in Addiction Settings II (Spring)3
AC 508Counseling Theories in Addiction Settings (Summer)3
AC 509Assess Treat Plan Addiction II (Spring)3
AC 510Chem Dependency Counseling II (Fall)3

Continuing Education Opportunity

Gambling and Gaming Disorders:  Assessment and Treatment (open enrollment), 30 hours

For More Information

About the Program

Contact Katey Franklin, Program Director, at or (406) 994-5993.

About the Application Process

Contact Hilary Becker, Program Manager, at or (406) 994-2379.

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