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Master of Prevention Science

The Prevention Science graduate degree program develops the skills and knowledge necessary to elevate your ability to help others fight addiction. As substance abuse issues continue to impact families and communities worldwide, and the need for professional, ethical prevention specialists continues to increase.

The Master of Prevention Science curriculum is specifically designed to provide an academic preparation for individuals interested in pursuing the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium’s Certified Prevention Specialist (IC & RC CPS) credential.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to fighting addiction.

The Master of Prevention Science is a 33-hour degree program completed 100% online.

In addition to offering classes 100% online, CLS is also able to offer onsite options for students who want to attend class in person. However, availability of onsite courses is dependent on the number of students enrolled at each location.

Degree Topics Include:

  • Foundations in prevention science
  • Prevention across the lifespan
  • Program implementation, and evaluation


  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Cultural, social, and diversity issues
  • Ethics

The College of Liberal Studies Master of Prevention Science program is designed to accommodate working adults. When a student is admitted into the program – he/she is assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses necessary for completing the degree. 

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  • 33 credit hours required (18 Core / 9 Elective / 6 Completion)
  • Recommended enrollments are 6 hours fall and spring semesters, 3 hours in the summer.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is needed for graduation.

18 hours required

LSTD 5003 Intro to Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)

LSTD 5013 Interdisciplinary Foundation (3 hours)
LSTD 5043 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies OR LSTD 5083 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hours)

LSPS 5113 Foundations in Prevention Science (3 hours)
LSPS 5133 Prevention Across the Lifespan (3 hours)
LSPS 5173 Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (3 hours)

9 hours required

LSPS 5203 Drugs and the Brain (3 hours)
LSPS 5920 Internship in Prevention Science (3 hours)
LSHA 5113 Strategic Planning and Evaluation in HHSA (3 hours)
LSHA 5133 Cultural, Social, and Diversity Issues in HHSA (3 hours)
LSHA 5153 Ethics in HHSA (3 hours)
LSHA 5313 Cross Cultural Health Issues in HHSA (3 hours)
LSAL 5133 Cultures of Organizations (3 hours)
LSAL 5113 Leadership Issues in Decision Making (3 hours)
LSAL 5313 Organizational Communications (3 hours)
LSPS 5700 Advanced Topics in Administrative Leadership (3 hours)
LSPS 5920 Internship (3 hours)
LSTD 5960 Directed Readings in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)

NOTE: Elective courses are offered on a rotational basis. Please check oZONE for specific semester availability.

6 hours required

Approved elective coursework and written comprehensive examination(6 hours)

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May: 1