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.
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.
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)
|PSYC 621||3||Seminar in Physiological and Psycho-Social Aspects of Alcoholism and Other Addictions|
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)
|REHB 582||3||Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences|
Seminar in Rehabilitation Research
Fieldwork and Internship (6 credits)
Please note: Each field training course requires 200 supervised clock hours
|PSYC 650||3||Field Training in Alcoholism|
Recommended Electives (12 credits)
|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.
Addiction Counseling is in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Behavioral Health in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.