Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies

Earn your Degree in Addiction Studies at Empire State College

The Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies is a 124-credit program listed with SUNY and approved as a registered degree program through the New York State Education Department. It is designed to serve students who are interested in becoming skilled professionals to understand and treat individuals suffering from addiction. The program is structured around courses that address fundamental aspects of how addiction affects individuals, families, and communities, while examining the assessment, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse.

The Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies is guided by the competencies model from the US Department of Health and Human Service and features a curriculum focused on equipping students with fundamental skills through core courses. Once a foundational skill set is laid, students are given the opportunity to customize their education to match their educational and career goals by choosing from a wide variety of courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Students will have the option of completing the degree program through various delivery modes such as online, independent study, blended, and/or face-to-face study.

Students completing a bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies will demonstrate knowledge of human behavior, service delivery, skills, and ethics, to work with diverse individuals, families, and communities struggling with addiction. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in an approved Human Services field from an accredited institution may be substituted for 2,000 hours of work experience, thus allowing individuals with a CASAC-T to obtain their CASAC in a shorter period of time.


The admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies will be the same as current undergraduate admissions requirements. The program will follow the college policy for granting prior learning (PLA) credits to be among the 93 maximum transferable credits.

More Information

If you would like more information about the Addiction Studies program, please contact:

Health and Human Services Department Chair:

Thalia MacMillan

Prospective students should contact

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