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Addiction Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


This two-year, full-time program* is designed for working professionals, with eight-week classes that meet once per week during the evenings. This flexible schedule allows the opportunity for students to work at their current jobs during the day and on weekends. Courses are taught by faculty who represent diverse areas of expertise, including clinical mental health counseling, addictions and substance abuse counseling, and clinical social work.Learn clinical skills by turning theoretical foundations into positive, ethical client interaction and intervention. Students are prepared to take the National Counselor Examination before graduation, allowing them to go on to complete the supervised hours required to become both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) in Colorado.The program includes 12 core courses related to mental health counseling, four electives related to addiction counseling, a practicum and an internship. Fieldwork puts professional knowledge into practice, starting with a 150-hour practicum and ending with a 600-hour internship under the supervision of licensed clinical professionals. Internship experiences can be conducted at one or more sites, and fulfill 600 of the required 2,000 experiential supervised hours required for Licensed Addictions Counselors in Colorado. Many students continue on to full-time employment at the agencies where they interned.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Advanced Co-Occurring Disorders & Addictions Counseling
  • Counseling the Chemically Dependent and Their Families
  • Research and Theories in Addictions Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling: Theory and Techniques
  • Leadership in Agency Settings

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.85

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.85 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).

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).

Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application for admission
  • Official or certified transcripts/mark sheets from all institutions attended, including bachelor’s degree and master's degree.
  • Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  • 2 letters of recommendation. 
  • Current résumé or CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14040 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14040 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Denver

  • 1310 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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