Masters in Addiction Counseling Program

The Masters in Addiction Counseling Program offered through the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide addiction counseling treatment services. Upon completion, students will receive a Masters in Science in Addiction Counseling and should be able to sit for the Masters in Addiction Counseling Exam to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Regarding the licensing exam, the master’s program will provide the opportunity to receive all necessary coursework, however, we cannot guarantee completion of all of the practice hours needed for licensure.

The program of study is 2 years that consist of one year on campus taking classes and one year off campus completing an addiction counseling internship. Hours completed on the internship count towards licensure. Completion of the coursework in the first year covers all of the required instruction for licensure in the State of Colorado. The program is considered a Plan C Masters Program, meaning that a research thesis is not required, instead competency is demonstrated through successful completion of the internship process.

Currently, both in Colorado and across the nation, there is shortage of Licensed Addiction Counselors. We anticipate graduates of the Masters Program in Addiction Counseling at Colorado State University will be highly employable.

In order to be considered for admission to the Masters in Addiction Counseling Program at Colorado State University you must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on behavioral health (e.g., Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, or Human Development and Family Studies). Additionally, ideal candidates will have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and will have completed all coursework needed to be a Certified Addiction Counselor Level I in the State of Colorado or equivalent from a different State. Note that while completion of Certified Addiction Counselor Level I education is not a necessary condition for admission to the graduate program, it is necessary to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The masters program does not provide Certified Addiction Counselor Level I coursework but will work with students admitted to the program to complete the prerequisite courses. For more information see Handbook for Addiction Counselors (PDF document).

The application deadline is April 1st. All materials must be received by April 1st of the year you plan to enroll.

Application instructions and link are located here

Year 1
Fall
PSY 612 Introduction to Addiction Counseling 3
PSY 675 Ethics 3
PSY 724 Motivational Interviewing 3
PSY 726 Neuropharmacology of Addiction 3
Total Units and Hours 12
Spring
PSY 613 Advanced Addiction Counseling 3
PSY 720 Psychopathology 3
PSY 776 Business and Practice of Addiction Counseling 3
PSY 793 Clinical Supervision of Addiction Counseling 3
Total Units and Hours 12
Year 2
Fall
PSY 787 Internship 9
Total Units 9
Spring
PSY 787 Internship 9
Total Units 9
Total Units 42

Bradley T. Conner, Ph.D.
Director of Addiction Counseling Program

Mark A. Prince, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Addiction Counseling Program

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