Online Master in Counseling (MAC): Addiction Counseling Specialization

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The rate of substance abuse and alcohol addiction, depression, and other mental health conditions has climbed in record numbers in recent years. Addicted individuals rely on professional counselors specializing in addiction to help them overcome their dependency and become self-sufficient. The addiction counselor may also work closely with the client’s family as substance abuse can also affect the loved ones of the chemically dependent client.


Help Others to better their lives!

Help others by treating individuals, families, and communities struggling with addiction by earning a Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization degree.

The Touro University Worldwide (TUW) online Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization explores substance abuse and related disorders from a clinical counseling perspective that involves several factors associated with addiction.

The program is 60-credit hour program and can be completed in two years as a full-time student. Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and hands-on practice in treating individuals with addiction, substance abuse, and dependency disorders to prepare students with the tools needed to succeed in addiction counseling. Moreover, students gain clinical counseling skills that focuses on promoting clients’ mental health wellness to sustain recovery.

What makes the M.A. in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization program different?

  • 100% online
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty
  • Affordable tuition
  • Nonprofit Accredited University
  • No residency required
  • Accelerated format of 8-week sessions
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Accelerated admissions process
  • Six starts throughout the year

The Touro University and College System has OVER FORTY YEARS OF ACCREDITED EXPERIENCE in educating and developing the skills of professionals to enhance and expand their careers, their lives, and the lives of those they affect. Touro University Worldwide (TUW) expands on Touro’s tradition of commitment to excellence in education, offering professionals from around the world an opportunity to earn this quality graduate school degree. The Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization at TUW provides a high-quality, hands-on professional education that can foster the well-being of the diverse, underserved individuals struggling to overcome chemical dependency and make a positive contribution to the larger community.

The 60-credit curriculum incorporates the educational requirements of the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards that may lead to licensure as a Professional Counselor, Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC/LPCC) and or Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The program blends theoretical, applied concepts and research in counseling and addiction that prepare students to become counselors in multiple areas such as addiction, Substance Abuse, and Recovery. The curriculum also includes both a Clinical Practicum component and a series of required Clinical Internships, which are designed to allow students to directly apply counseling theory to practice under supervision while working with a diverse array of addiction/substance abuse recovery clients. The clinical internship and applicable courses are designed with the intent to prepare you for your licensing exam(s) and to have fulfilling careers working with diverse populations.

The Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization from TUW is designed to prepare students to meet the educational requirements for licensure in most states. In some cases, there may be additional courses or practicum requirements that may be needed either before or after graduation. Students should note that it is their responsibility to understand the educational requirements in the state where they intend to apply for licensure and practice, and determine if TUW’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization meets the state’s educational requirements for licensure. However, the practicum coordinator of the program will assist as applicable.

What is the employment and career outlook for the Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization?

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization will be eligible to become substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. Addiction counselors can have a rewarding career in mental health agencies, in their private practices, in government agencies, management of mental health professionals, and work in clinical research and other related settings in health.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor (LBS) project growth in the field for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is 23% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Master in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization Program Mission

Developed in alignment with the standards of The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and curriculum specific requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), the mission of the Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Specialization is to provide academic and professional clinical training to students, as adult learners, to become ethical, culturally sensitive, and competent counselors who can effectively diagnose and treat a diverse population of individuals recovering from substance abuse. The program blends both theoretical and applied concepts relevant to addiction counseling professionals, thus preparing students capable of making unique contributions to the underserved in their communities and society.

Note: Students are required to check the requirements for the specific state in which licensure is sought, as each state may be different.

Graduation Requirements

Graduate of the Master of Arts in Counseling: Addiction Counseling will be eligible for licensure upon completing the program and state educational requirements, where the student is planning to practice. Each state may differ in its requirements. Therefore, it is imperative that you research your state requirements prior to enrolling in the program.

Tuition Information

TUW’s tuition is $400 per semester credit. A range of tuition assistance programs are available to prospective students to help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses associated with continued education, including scholarships and students loans. Many employers offer tuition assistance programs, so speak with your human resource representative to find out if additional financial support is available to you. TUW tuition assistance counselors are available to determine your eligibility for financial aid and other tuition assistance programs.



Program Requirements

  • 14 Courses (42 credits)
  • 2 Clinical Practicum Courses (6 credits)
  • 4 Clinical Internship Courses (12 credits)
  • 60 total credit hours
  • 100 practicum hours over two sessions in the Clinical Practicum Courses
  • 600 total clinical internship hours over four sessions in the Clinical Internship Courses
  • Total of 700 hours with real-world experience, with a minimum of 280 hours with direct supervision (CACREP and BBS aligned).

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking to attend in TUW must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • Have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Transfer student from another college/university’s graduate program in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.75).

Students, who meet one of the above criteria, will be required to complete the following steps in order to be admitted and enrolled:

  1. Submit an application to the University.
  2. As a non-profit organization committed to serving the underserved, Touro University Worldwide has waived the $60 application fee for all prospective students.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institutions. Students who completed college coursework outside the United States must have their transcripts translated and evaluated. (See Foreign Credit for additional information.) Students are required to complete step 3 by the end of their first term of enrollment.

As a non-profit institution committed to serving the underserved, Touro University Worldwide has waived the $60 application fee for all prospective students.

WSCUC Accreditation

Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide.

For more information on WSCUC, visit or write WSCUC at 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.