Kaplan University

MS in Psychology - Addictions

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program with an Addictions specialization combines an academic and scientific approach to the practice of psychology. Students in the program have the opportunity to study critical thinking skills, psychological theory, and research practices associated with psychology. Learn more about the Master of Science in Psychology program with a specialization in Addictions here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in addictions

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology program with a specialization in Addictions is designed to blend the academic practice of psychology with contemporary, scientific applications. The program could help students prepare to pursue employment in the field of psychology or related fields.* Students completing the program have the opportunity to engage in psychological research, apply psychological theories to real-life situations, and understand the ethical, legal, and cultural impacts of psychology. Students could also develop critical thinking and reflection skills. The Addictions specialization allows students to study the principles of group counseling, psychopharmacology, co-occurring disorders, and addictions counseling. To qualify for graduation, students must complete a thesis or pass a comprehensive exam.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

65 or 70 credits, depending on track. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in Addictions:

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

Addictions Specialization

  • PS 511: Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling (5 credits)
  • PS 516: Psychopharmacology (5 credits)
  • PS 521: Group Counseling (5 credits)
  • PS 526: Advanced Addiction Counseling (5 credits)
  • PS 531: Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments (5 credits)
  • PS 535: Addictions Practicum (5 credits)

Core Requirements

  • PS 501: Foundations of Professional Psychology (5 credits)
  • MM 570: Applied Statistics for Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS 504: Advanced Research Methods (5 credits)
  • PS 505: Testing, Measurement, and Assessment (5 credits)
  • PS 506: Life Span Development (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • PS 502: Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
    • PS 507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts

Thesis Track Requirements

  • PS 601: Master's Research and Thesis I (5 credits)
  • PS 602: Master's Research and Thesis II (5 credits)

Comprehensive Exam Track Requirements

  • PS 600: Comprehensive Exam (5 credits)

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Career Paths:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with an Addictions specialization could develop the research, critical thinking, and analytical skills that are relevant to a number of fields and positions. Upon graduation from the MS in Psychology - Addictions program, students could be able to evaluate and apply psychological concepts in a number of environments and understand the values and ethical practices governing psychology.

Potential careers graduates could pursue include:

  • Mental health specialist
  • Mental health supervisor
  • Social service worker
  • Psychology researcher

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