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Addiction Counseling, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The program has the longest history in the state and is among the first of its kind in the nation. As a result, University of Detroit Mercy's program is the leader in addiction counseling, known for its innovation in providing cutting edge education related to substance and behavioral addiction counseling.  Partnering with an array of addiction treatment programs in southeast Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy's Addiction Counseling program has been pivotal in improving the field of addiction counseling in Michigan and throughout the United States.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Methods in Counseling
  • Counseling and Human Development
  • Introduction to Counseling Theory and Process
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Guidance Principles and Practices
  • Counseling Services: Organization and Administration
  • Career Counseling
  • Counseling Skills
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Group Counseling
  • Trauma, Crisis and Prevention
  • Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Legal, Ethical, and Advocacy Issues in Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Consultation and Staff Development
  • Introduction to Addiction: Process and Substance
  • Addiction Counseling: Advanced Issues in Practice and Evaluation
  • Internship in Counseling
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Theories of Addiction

                                      Detailed Programme Facts

                                      • Programme intensity Full-time
                                        • Full-time duration 36 months
                                      • Languages
                                        • English
                                      • Delivery mode
                                        On Campus

                                      English Language Requirements

                                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                      • Minimum required score:


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                                      Academic Requirements

                                      You need the following GPA score:

                                      Required score: 2.8

                                      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                      An undergraduate overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, or a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the second half of the undergraduate degree program, or a graduate GPA of 3.0 on a previously completed graduate degree; a minimum of 15 hours in the social or behavioral sciences (eg., psychology, anthropology, sociology) including at least one course (3 credit hours) in statistics; a letter of interest explaining your interests in the counseling profession; a writing exam; three letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to your potential to enter graduate school in counseling and an interview with the faculty.

                                      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                      General Requirements

                                      In addition to the application, all freshman applicants must submit:

                                      •   High school transcript

                                      •   ACT or SAT scores

                                      •   A writing sample of at least 250 words on a topic of your choice

                                      •   Letter of recommendation

                                      If you have any questions, please contact the Detroit Mercy Office of Admissions.

                                      Tuition Fee

                                      • International

                                        981 USD/credit
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 981 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
                                      • National

                                        981 USD/credit
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 981 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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                                      Living costs for Highland Park

                                      • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
                                        Living Costs

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