Addiction Counseling

Degree Type

Master of Science


Advance your skills to save lives—become an addiction counselor.


Roughly 20 million people report struggling with addiction—and there are many more who struggle in silence. The epidemics of alcoholism, opioid and other addictions continue to spread throughout the world, especially in communities who have historically lacked access to help and treatment resources. Advance your skills to understand, engage, treat, and support individuals and families struggling with substance abuse, and use those skills to save lives.

The Master of Science in Addiction Counseling prepares students for professional careers in drug and alcohol abuse counseling, with emphasis on substance abuse prevention and treatment. It builds on foundational skills learned in the undergraduate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling concentration in our Applied Psychology program.

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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Master of Science in Addictions Counseling, students must complete 39 hours of coursework:

  • Core course (27 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)

Each chart in this section explains course offerings and requirements

Core Courses (15 credits)

Course Credits Name
PSYC 621 3 Seminar in Physiological and Psycho-Social Aspects of Alcoholism and Other Addictions 
PSYC 622 3

Addiction Prevention Techniques for the Individual, Family, School, and Community

PSYC 641 3 Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
PSYC 642 3 Advanced Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
PSYC 644 3 Management of Addiction Treatment Programs and Personnel

Measurement and Research (6 credits)

Course Credits Name
REHB 582 3 Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences
REHB 509 3

Seminar in Rehabilitation Research

Fieldwork and Internship (6 credits)

Please note: Each field training course requires 200 supervised clock hours

Course Credits Name
PSYC 650 3 Field Training in Alcoholism
PSYC 651 3

Addiction Services

Recommended Electives (12 credits)

Course Credits Name
PSYC 511 3 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 512 3 Mental Health
PSYC 514 3 Theories of Personality
PSYC 529 3 Seminar in Human Growth and Development
PSYC 612 3 Group Counseling
PSYC 653 3 Theories of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
PSYC 656 3 The Evaluation of Drug Policies in the U.S.
PSYC 657 3 Seminar in Substance Abuse and Cultural Influences
PSYC 658 3 Assessment Interviewing for Treatment Planning for the Substance Abuser
PSYC 659 3 Applied and Clinical Research in Addictions
PSYC 660 3 Substance Abuse and the Law
REHB 502 3 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
REHB 535 3 Community Resources in Mental and Physical Health

Graduation Candidacy Requirements

Students advance to candidacy once completing all coursework. There are 2 options for candidacy:

  • Option I: comprehensive examination and research paper
  • Option II: Thesis I and II course work, along with a master’s thesis


Note: Any graduate student who has not completed a basic undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a B or better must take EDUC 581, Statistics in Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Related Program

Applied Psychology


Addiction Counseling is in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Behavioral Health in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.