Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Counseling
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

MS in Counseling: Addiction Counseling

Graduate degree; Master of Science

More than 40 million Americans ages 12 and older—or  about 1 in 7 people—have addiction involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.* In the addiction counseling track of the M.S. in Counseling program, you will learn to provide treatment and guidance to individuals, groups, and families, affected by addictive behaviors.

With a master’s degree in counseling, focus in addiction counseling, you will be prepared to lead in clinical and direct practice in a variety of mental health, education, and human services settings.

The master’s degree in counseling is offered as an evening program at the University of Mary’s satellite campus locations in downtown Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota.

*The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Addiction Counseling Program Highlights

Graduate counseling classes at the University of Mary meet two nights per week and are taught in seminar style, allowing for student participation and discussion. Graduates of the master’s program are prepared for professional credentialing and licensure in their specific field of practice in the state of North Dakota.

  • Complete your master’s degree in counseling in as little as 20 months while continuing to work.
  • Gain hands-on practice in the field of addiction counseling through coursework, practicum, and an internship that is completed in a training site approved by the North Dakota Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners.
  • Work closely in small classes with faculty who bring professional counseling experience to their classrooms.
  • Program faculty are members of the following organizations: North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners, North Dakota Coalition of Addiction Training Consortiums, and the North Dakota Addiction Counselors Association.
  • Develop skills you can apply to your career and everyday life through a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Career Outlook

Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow rapidly in the years ahead, with a projected 31 percent increase from 2012 to 2022. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.*

*U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Students seeking a MS in Counseling will study in a cohort format and begin the program in the fall semester (August) of every year. Non-degree seeking students do not follow the cohort model and may register for courses, as needed.

In addition to the academic requirement of the program, Addiction Counseling students are required to complete a 100-hour supervised practicum (1st year of the program), and an 800-1400 hour supervised internship (2nd year in the program). North Dakota requires 1400 hours of clinical internship for an Addiction Counseling license; Minnesota requires 800 hours for an Addiction Counseling license.

  • COU 500 Counseling Orientation Seminar
  • COU 510 Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • COU 520 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • COU 530 Human Growth and Development
  • COU 540 Career Counseling and Testing
  • COU 551  Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • COU 570 Counseling Methods and Techniques
  • COU 572 Counseling Theories
  • COU 574 Group Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • COU 580 Assessment Techniques
  • COU 582 Psychopathology and Assessment
  • COU 590 Counseling Practicum
  • COU 611 Crisis Counseling
  • COU 614 Counseling Internship Seminar
  • COU 650 Family Counseling
  • COU 695 Internship
  • HUM 799 Graduate Studies Assessment

Addiction Counseling Track Courses

  • COU 600 Psychopharmacology
  • COU 602 Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • COU 604 Substance Abuse Counseling

Complete admission requirements for the graduate counseling program at the University of Mary are listed at the bottom of the Master of Science in Counseling program page. Use the link above for full details.

If you are considering the addiction counseling track, you might also be interested in the following MS in Counseling programs offered at the University of Mary:

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