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MS in Psychology - Addictions

Individuals interested in preparing for a career where they counsel clients who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and other addictions may want to consider enrolling in Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions program. Learn more about elements of this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Those considering applying to the MS in Psychology program with a concentration in Addictions should be interested in preparing for a career helping others. Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are also useful. All applicants to Purdue University Global's graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The MS in Psychology program offers students the chance to gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed for a career in professional psychology. Core courses cover research methods, psychological testing and assessments, life span development, and ethical concerns for addictions professionals. The seven courses that make up the Addictions concentration allow students the opportunity to study the basic the principles of addictions counseling, dependency counseling strategies, group counseling strategies, psychopharmacology concepts, and co-occurring disorders. This Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), and graduates who complete this program could meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification exam.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

70-75 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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

The MS in Psychology program with a concentration in Addictions has two track options. Student who choose the thesis track will complete 75 credits (which includes 40 credits of core courses and 35 credits of electives). The comprehensive exam track requires 70 credits, which are made up of 35 core credits and 35 elective credits. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (30-40 credits)

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development
  • Ethics for Addictions Professionals
  • Thesis track students take the following two courses:
    • Master's Research and Thesis I
    • Master's Research and Thesis II
  • Comprehensive Exam students take the following course:
    • Comprehensive Exam

Addictions Concentration Courses (35 credits)

  • Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Counseling
  • Advanced Addictions Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments
  • Addictions Practicum I
  • Addictions Practicum II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Purdue Global's MS in Psychology - Addictions program could be ready to seek employment in positions where they provide guidance to individuals who have addiction problems with drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, and gambling. They could also meet the education requirements needed to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals Master Addictions Counselors exam. Some of the positions they may be qualified for include:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Addictions specialist
  • Mental health technician
  • Behavior assistant
  • Case manager

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