An online bachelor’s degree in addiction counseling will help you understand addictive behaviors in society and give you the knowledge you need to start serving populations in need.

From prevention to treatment planning, addiction counselors can positively impact and drastically change life for someone with addictive behaviors. Our program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of addictive behaviors in society and the dynamics of addiction. You’ll be prepared to apply for licensure in North Dakota upon graduation. While licensure varies in each state, our professors will work with you to achieve your goals.

Take the First Step

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!

At a Glance

Job openings projected each year for the next decade

Program Length

As few as 2.6 years depending on transferred credits


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Those looking to start a career in addiction counseling
  • Students looking to gain an understanding of addictive behaviors and apply evidence-based practices in treatment
  • Anyone interested in learning about addictive behaviors

Career Paths

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

What You’ll Learn

Through our Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling program, you’ll gain an understanding in the core competencies outlined by the North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners Licensure Administrative Code. Upon completion of the addiction counseling Program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Facilitate the Screening and American Society of Addiction Medication Assessment (ASAM)
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Coordinate service for your clients
  • Educate clients, families, and communities about addictive behaviors
  • Provide addiction counseling services
  • Assess client needs and provide referral, discharge, and continuing care
  • Strictly adhere to the code of Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

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!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

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.

We welcome transfer students from regionally accredited community and junior colleges and four-year colleges and universities. If you’ve ever been enrolled in any such institution, you are a transfer student. The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the undergraduate program:

  • A non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every college previously attended.
    • 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

Prospective students with at least 24 transferable credits must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher. If you have fewer than 24 transfer hours to evaluate, we also require the following to determine your opportunity for success:

  • Academic transcript(s) from high school or GED transcript (if applicable) and any college(s) concurrently attended during high school.
  • An official score report from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination (if you are under 21).

Admissions and a free preliminary transfer credit review can be completed with unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges or universities you attended. Official, final transcripts must be submitted prior to enrolling in classes. 

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