Develop an understanding of substance use, behavioral addictions, and prevention models to complement your major program of study.

Adding an addiction prevention minor to your plan of study will complement your major program with a focus on understanding addictive disorders, and prevention strategies. You’ll learn about prevention models, the ethical responsibilities of an addiction counselor, and trends and patterns of addictive disorders.

At a Glance

The projected employment growth of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors.

Program Length

6 Courses/18 Credits


  • Online

Tuition Per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Those looking to start a career as a prevention administrator
  • Students looking to gain an understanding of addictive behaviors and apply evidence-based practices in prevention planning
  • Anyone interested in learning about addictive behaviors

Career Paths

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Addiction counselor
  • Prevention specialist
  • Behavioral health administrator
  • Case manager

What You’ll Learn

Through our program, you’ll learn about the history of alcohol and drug use, explore addiction counseling and prevention strategies, and build a solid foundation for a successful career with the following skills:

Technical Skills

  • Identify trends and patterns of addictive disorders
  • Implement and evaluate an effective prevention plan
  • Explore stages, models, and dynamics of addiction prevention strategies

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

  • Develop written and oral communication skills
  • Gain tools to guide and direct sessions with individuals or groups

Career Skills

  • Understand professional responsibilities related to addiction counseling and prevention
  • Practice addiction counseling and prevention with ethical principles

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!


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  • Tuition: $460/credit
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose – one-page essay describing why you want to enroll in this program, how the Benedictine values help guide your practice, and what skills and experiences you will bring to the cohort.

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