Addictions Counseling

Major: Addictions Counseling
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 57.5
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 21-1011

About the Program

NOTE: This program is subject to approval by the program accreditor, Commission for Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

The Master of Science in Addictions Counseling is an online program consisting of a 57.5-quarter credit curriculum (63.5 with practicum supervision) that meets the educational requirements for Certification as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Pennsylvania. The curriculum covers the knowledge, theory, and skill development areas as suggested by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and TAP 21.

Students will gain competence in best treatment practices related to substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral disorders including assessment, motivational interviewing, recovery and relapse prevention, cultural diversity, and family systems theory.  For students interested in a clinical practicum experience, the program offers clinical supervision as an optional component. Some, but not all states, require a practicum experience as a prerequisite to licensure or certification.

Additional Information

For more information, go to Drexel Online Master's In Addictions Counseling webpage.

Admission Requirements

The following minimum criteria determine an applicant’s eligibility for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Academic transcripts(s)
  • Focused personal essay:
    • Reason for applying to the program
    • How the program mission fits with their professional goals
  • No GRE test scores
  • Professional resume

Degree Requirements

BACS 530Understanding Prevention and Prevention Programs3.0
BACS 531Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences4.0
BACS 532Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling4.0
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
BACS 573Group Dynamics and Techniques4.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 516Behavioral/Process Addictions4.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
CFTP 572Diversity and Contextual Factors in Clinical Practice4.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
Practicum Courses (Optional)
Addictions Practicum Supervision I
Addictions Practicum Supervision II
Addictions Practicum Supervision III
Total Credits57.5

Sample Plan of Study

Full-time Plan of Study With Practicum Supervision

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 5324.0BACS 5303.0BACS 5432.0BACS 5314.0
BACS 5343.0BACS 5403.0BACS 5683.0BACS 5734.0
BACS 5353.0BACS 5422.0BACS 5703.0CFTP 5164.0
BACS 5412.0CFTP 5133.0CFTP 5214.0CFTP 5174.0
CFTP 5724.0CTCN 6034.5CFTP 7254.0 
 16 15.5 16 16
Total Credits 63.5

Full-time Plan of Study Without Optional Practicum Supervision

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 5324.0BACS 5303.0BACS 5683.0BACS 5314.0
BACS 5343.0BACS 5403.0BACS 5703.0BACS 5734.0
BACS 5353.0CFTP 5133.0CFTP 5214.0CFTP 5164.0
CFTP 5724.0CTCN 6034.5CFTP 7254.0CFTP 5174.0
 14 13.5 14 16
Total Credits 57.5

Part-time Plan of Study with Optional Practicum Supervision

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 5343.0BACS 5303.0BACS 5683.0CFTP 5164.0
BACS 5353.0BACS 5403.0BACS 5703.0CFTP 5174.0
 6 6 6 8
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 5324.0CFTP 5133.0CFTP 5214.0BACS 5314.0
CFTP 5724.0CTCN 6034.5CFTP 7254.0BACS 5734.0
 8 7.5 8 8
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BACS 541*2.0BACS 542*2.0BACS 543*2.0 
 2 2 2 
Total Credits 63.5

Part-time Plan of Study without Optional Practicum Supervision

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 5343.0BACS 5303.0BACS 5683.0CFTP 5164.0
BACS 5353.0BACS 5403.0BACS 5703.0CFTP 5174.0
 6 6 6 8
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 5324.0CFTP 5133.0CFTP 5214.0BACS 5314.0
CFTP 5724.0CTCN 6034.5CFTP 7254.0BACS 5734.0
 8 7.5 8 8
Total Credits 57.5
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