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MS in Addiction Counseling

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program is designed for students seeking a career in which they can help others cope with or overcome addictive behaviors, such as substance abuse or alcoholism. Learn more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Addiction Counseling

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

Prior to entering the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program at Grand Canyon University, applicants should have an academic background in psychology or counseling and possibly have some experience in the field. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants to Grand Canyon University's graduate programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program focuses on helping students achieve an understanding of counseling techniques and processes for the diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders. Introductory and advanced courses address counseling theories and the impact of addictive behaviors on the individual, family members, and society. Topics addressed in program coursework include behavioral therapies, group counseling practices, drug treatments, assessment methods, and adolescent treatment programs. The practical application of material covered throughout the program is achieved through an internship, where students further develop counseling skills under supervision in a professional clinical setting.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Addiction Counseling

  • UNV 502: Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences (2 credits)
  • PCN 501: Introduction to Addictions and Substance Abuse Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 505: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PCN 500: Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • PCN 520: Group Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PCN 509: Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 527: Psychopharmacology and Addictions (3 credits)
  • PCN 529: Co-Occurring Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 531: Family Issues and Addictive Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 610: Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment (3 credits)
  • PCN 535: Counseling Chemical Dependent Adolescents (3 credits)
  • PCN 622: Pre-Practicum (2 credits)
  • PCN 622A: Practicum/Internship I (2 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Though completion of the Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program could qualify graduates to pursue counseling licensure and work in the field, some positions might require a more advanced degree. Graduates who wish to become clinical supervisors or teach at the college or university level must typically possess a doctoral degree.

Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Ph.D. in Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Career Paths:

After successfully completing all requirements of Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program, graduates could be eligible to pursue their careers after satisfying all licensure requirements of the state in which they reside. They might seek work in counseling centers, community health centers, or mental health clinics.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Chemical dependency counselor
  • Substance abuse clinician
  • Teen substance abuse counselor

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