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Deadline: July 28

Classes Begin: August 23

Credit Hours: 33

Delivery: Online**

**Onsite courses may be offered depending on location enrollment.


As substance abuse issues continue to impact families and communities worldwide, the need for professional, ethical prevention specialists continues to increase. The OU Extended Campus Master of Prevention Science is a cutting-edge degree program that combines tested theory and practical training to educate these specialists and empower them to help others in the global community.


Substance abuse is an escalating problem in modern culture, and the toll it takes on society can be seen in healthcare and correctional facilities nationwide. Preventing and finding effective treatment at this scale can be difficult, however. Our Master of Prevention Science is an accredited, flexible, and affordable degree program designed to help you take on the real-world challenges facing communities today. In this program, you will learn the theoretical and real-world skills necessary to help others fight addiction, and you will graduate prepared to pursue the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium’s Certified Prevention Specialist (IC & RC CPS) credential, the most respected credential in prevention.


The Master of Prevention Science is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 


  • Prevention across the lifespan
  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Foundations in prevention science 
  • Ethics
  • Cultural, social, and diversity issues
  • Program implementation and evaluation


All graduate courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

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No one knows more about what you want from a university than the people who have already gone through the process—our graduates. Read what our alumni have to say about Extended Campus programs and you’ll see why so many non-traditional students choose the OU Extended Campus as their first step toward a better career.



Alizay Paracha
Transforming Communities with Prevention Science

“Every professor I have had in this program has given me valuable knowledge that I will carry with me as I pursue a career in med­icine, and the biggest benefit I have gained is that I can directly apply my prevention science knowledge into real-world prac­tice.”

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