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 3.00 to apply; however, motivated students with a GPA less than 3.00 are highly encouraged to contact the program director to discuss the application process. To learn more on applying to this program, please see the Addiction Counseling program website.


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 I (Spring)3
AC 502Psychopharmacology and Addictions (Spring)3
AC 503Assessment, Treatment, Planning, and Ethics of Addiction Counseling I (Fall)3
AC 504Alcohol and Drug Studies (Fall)3
AC 505Cross Cultural & Ethical Considerations in Addictions Counseling (Summer)3
AC 506Group Counseling in Addictions Settings (Fall)3
AC 507Systems and Settings in Addictions Counseling (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

Please contact Dr. Ed Dunbar at

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