General Program Specialization - M.S. in Addiction Counseling

General Program

As the number of individuals dealing with substance abuse and behavioral addictions in the United States continues to grow, the need for qualified addiction counselors is also on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for addiction counselors will increase by 27% through 2020.* Through Walden’s M.S. in Addiction Counseling General Program, you’ll focus on a range of addiction and behavioral disorders and learn how to provide treatment intervention and develop case management strategies for a broad base of clients.

Completion Requirements

  • 90 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (80 cr.)
    • Field experience (9 cr.: Practicum, 100 hours; Internship, 600 hours)
  • Professional development plan, licensure plan
  • 12 days of residency (two six-day residencies)

This program can be completed in as little as 33 months, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, on the Internet at (viewed online April 25, 2012). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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