BA/BS – MSU partnership

Addictions Studies

Get the spiritual, practical, and psychological training to work in an addiction healthcare setting.

This program is a great option for students who want to be trained to help individuals and families affected by addiction. 

Study in a partnership degree that sets you apart. Begin at Briercrest, where you’ll gain a spiritual and academic foundation, before transferring to Minot State to specialize in your field. Graduate with two bachelor’s degrees—a BA in Psychology from Briercrest and a BS in Addictions Studies from MSU.

Join our community

Begin your degree in a community dedicated to seeking Jesus together. Explore the person and teachings of Jesus in classes and chapel as you learn to follow His call for your life.

Prepare to care

Grow in competency and compassion as you prepare for your career. This partnership offers the spiritual, practical, and psychological training needed to work in an addiction healthcare setting.

Get 2 degrees in 5 years

Benefit from Briercrest's partnership with Minot State University, which gives students a direct pathway to two Bachelor's degrees. Graduate with both a BA Psychology and a BS Addictions Studies.

Alicia Beattie

This program not only gave me the opportunity to obtain two degrees in five years but it challenged me. The schools offer a welcoming environment where you will be provided with professors who care about you and your learning experience.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

In partnership with
Minot State University

The Bachelor of Arts Psychology/Bachelor of Science with a Major in Addiction Studies is a 141 credit hour degree program in which students spend 3 years (96 credit hours) studying at Briercrest and 2 years (54 credit hours) at Minot State University. Toward the completion of the student’s third year of full-time study at Briercrest, the student must apply for admission to the College of Education and Health Sciences at Minot State University.

Credit Hours: 141

Section A: Modified Core Courses (45 credit hours)
BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function (3) – required for major
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
BLST 200+ elective, CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry, or THEO 200+ elective (3)
BLST 300+ elective (3)
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I (3)
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II (3)
Fine Arts, Human Movement and Communication, or the Global Community Elective (3)
HIS 237 History of Christianity I (3)
HIS 238 History of Christianity II (3)
IDST 200 Int. Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity (3) or IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences (3)
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II (3)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3) – required for major
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology (3)
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Section B: Psychology Specific Courses (33 credit hours)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3) – fulfilled in Modified Core
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology II (3)
PSY 280 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective
PSY 301 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)
PSY 330 Theories of Personality (3)
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling (3)
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children (3)
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents (3)
PSY 383 Psychology of Human Development: Adults (3)
PSY 415 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Section C: Cognate Requirements (3 credit hours)
BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function (3) – fulfilled in Modified Core

Section D: MSU General Education and Support Courses (18 credit hours)
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology (3) or NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies (3)
COMM 104 Public Speaking (3)
HIS 210 American History to 1865 (3) or HIS 211 American History since 1865 (3)
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness (3)
MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3)
One of:
   ECON 100 Microeconomics (3)
   ECON 101 Microeconomics (3)
   SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I (3)

Electives (6 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-4 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

MSU (45 credit hours): Application to the College of Education and Health Sciences will take place in the student’s final year at BCS.


Ellery Pullman
Ellery Pullman PhD
Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
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