Master of Science in Addiction Counseling

Position yourself for increased career opportunities and job satisfaction in the fast-growing field of addiction counseling.

Learn theories and models of addictive and compulsive behavior assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; principles of psychopathology and personality disorders; and therapeutic intervention treatments, including individual and group counseling. This program also addresses ethnic and cultural awareness and ethics associated with counseling and addiction counseling in particular. This program is designed to develop addiction prevention and treatment professionals who wish to pursue licensure or certification1, 2 or advance to leadership positions in the field.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Science (MS) in Addiction Counseling1, 2 specialization

  • General Addiction Counseling

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella is the leader in online counseling education and offers a broad portfolio of counseling-related specializations.
  • All members of Capella's counseling faculty hold doctoral degrees from accredited institutions.
  • Graduates across all masters' counselor education specializations have a 79% pass rate on the National Counseling Exam.3

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate knowledge, skills, and practices related to addiction counseling.
  2. Apply addiction counseling intervention and prevention theories, models, and approaches to individuals and groups.
  3. Deliver ethically, culturally and ethnicity sensitive counseling/therapy services to clients in practical settings.
  4. Select appropriate assessment interventions to evaluate, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for clients.
  5. Analyze research and models of program evaluation for addiction counseling treatment and prevention.
  6. Apply principles of the diagnostic process.
  7. Communicate professionally through writing and effective collaborative interactions.

1Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learners' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see: http://www.capella.edu/counseling-psychology-degrees/licensure/

2North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program

3Capella is notified of exam scores by the exam proctor only if the exam takers identify Capella as a recipient of their scores.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report satisfaction with responsibilities and career growth potential. About 40% of graduates are employed in government/public sector or mental health industries. An additional third are employed in higher education, healthcare, non-profit, or social/community service settings.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Approximately half the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report advancing in their careers or receiving salary increases. They also say assumed a leadership role or changed careers.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

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