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MA in Counseling with Concentration in Addictions Counseling

Dr. W. Matthew Shurts
Coordinator, Addictions and Clinical Mental Health concentrations
Phone Number: 973-655-7190


The Addictions Counseling program prepares students to work with populations who are in recovery for various addictions (chemical and behavioral). Graduates are employed in addictions facilities, transition homes, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, and other related facilities that focus on addictions treatment. The program includes coursework leading towards alcohol and drug counselor licensure (LCADC), professional counselor licensure (LPC), and certification for alcohol and drug counselors (CADC). The Addictions Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2016 standards through 2025.

The Addictions Counseling program consists of 60 credit hours, including three semesters of fieldwork. Full-time and part-time study are available for students, with most courses offered in the evenings and other arrangements to accommodate work schedules. Please note that students must have flexibility to complete the fieldwork experiences at an approved site during the latter portion of their time in the program. Full-time students can generally complete the 60 credit hour program in 2½ to 3 calendar years depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Many core courses are offered in the summer session to facilitate timely completion of the degree.

Course Requirements

Admission Information

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.