Degree type(s): Minor
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Addiction Counseling Minor Program

The curriculum in Addiction Counseling (minor) is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the addiction counseling profession. The addiction counseling minor can be coupled with any degree but lends itself well to those interested in criminal justice, psychology or social work.

Career Outlook for Addiction Counselors

Employment of addiction counselors is expected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average. The continued need for addiction and mental health counseling should also lead to greater demand for addiction counselors. As of May 2017, the median annual wage for an addiction counselor was $43,300.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook HandbookSubstance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Heidi Nieuwsma 

Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Social Work Program Director 
Addiction Counseling Minor Program Coordinator
M.Ed.  Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Office: BONHL 218
Phone: (701) 355-8031
Email: [email protected]

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