Studying a Substance Abuse Masters

Substance abuse masters programs are increasingly popular amongst students and might be the course for you if you want to be a counselor in this field.  This page helps you to find out more about the programs, provides links to suitable schools, outlines the prospects, and more ...

Basically, substance abuse (or behavioral disorder) counselors help people to tackle their dependencies, addictions and other problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, substance abuse and eating disorders.  They help individuals to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction.  This can be done on an individual basis, but it is frequently done in a group setting.  Counselors also conduct programs aimed at preventing addictions.  They frequently work evenings to counsel clients who work during the day.

A masters degree in substance abuse will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for interventions and counseling with clients requiring assistance to overcome drug abuse, eating disorders, etc.  You might also like to check out the page on substance abuse online programs.


Selected substance abuse masters programs

Here are a few selected schools that offer masters in substance abuse and closely related programs: 


Other related programs

You may wish to look at the related areas listed below:


Substance abuse counselor career requirements

Substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors are generally governed by a different State agency or board than other counselors. The criteria for their licensure vary greatly and in some cases, these counselors may only need an associate's degree, but national certification as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) requires a master's degree in counseling, National Counselor Certification, and three years of clinical experience. Those interested in entering the field should research State requirements to determine what qualifications they must have.


What jobs do graduates get?

The American Psychological Association says that psychology is the third fastest-growing field in America requiring a college degree.  In the US,  after 5 years of experience a substance abuse counselor earns on average over $34,000 (


For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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