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What You Will Earn

  • The MSU Addiction Counseling certificate represents 12 addiction specific coursework credits. These credits may be counted toward the  Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor credential.
  • Montana State University will award you an addiction counseling certificate upon successful completion of the 12 credits.


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, we highly encourage motivated students with a GPA less than 3.0 to contact us to discuss the application process. 

Learn more about the program in this video.

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 may 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. 

Requirements for Addiction Counseling Certificate

  • Complete the required 12 credits of any addiction specific (AC) graduate courses to receive the MSU Addiction Counseling Certificate.
  • Additional classes may be required for the state license and are offered through our program

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Addiction Counseling certificate program is a gainful employment (non-degree certificate) academic program.

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For More Information

About the Program

Contact Katey Franklin, Program Director, at or (406) 994-3283.

About the Application Process

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

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