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Addiction Counseling

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

24 months
11846 USD/year
11846 USD/year
2890 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Addiction Counseling program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte prepares the student to work effectively in various treatment settings and with a variety of addictive behaviors.


Students will learn how to assess the needs of the client, create treatment plans, help the client set goals and refer them to critical resources.  Through coursework, practicum, and internships, students will learn how to help clients identify unhelpful behaviors and teach them important coping skills. Students will learn how to employ a wide range of clinical skills and methods, including how to engage families in the recovery process.

Why choose the Master of Arts concentration in Addiction Counseling?

  • Over the past 10 years, 100% of our graduates have passed the licensure exam for addictions on the first attempt. Our graduates have been employed at the McLeod Treatment Center, Anuvia, the Charlotte Rescue Mission, SABER, Phoenix Counseling Center, to name a few.
  • The Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling is housed in the UNC Charlotte Department of Counseling and the current editor is on our faculty. This national publication brings our students in contact with cutting-edge research and scholarship
  • The Addiction Counseling program of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is one of only five in the state that has been approved by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board (NCSAPPB), which is the credentialing body for addiction counselors in the state of North Carolina. This gives students in our addictions program a fast track to licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS).
  • Completing the Addiction Counseling Concentration makes our graduates eligible to apply for dual licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) within the first two years of their practice
  • Our program is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) which gives graduates very portable skills. Depending on the certification, students may be able to transfer certification to another state without retaking a course. Currently, thirty-eight states, Puerto Rico and D.C. are members of the Consortium.
  • Our Addiction Counseling program has been recognized twice as the Outstanding National Program of the Year in addictions from the International Association of Addiction & Offender Counseling (IAAOC) in 2008 and again in 2011.
  • Our Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program have been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling
  • Theories of Addiction
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Addictive Disorders
  • Interventions in Addiction Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention in Addiction Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Brief statement of purpose- This is typically 2-3 pages in length. The statement of purpose may include: how you came to decide to apply for a Master’s in the field of counseling, why you are a good fit for the field of counseling, specifically address your chosen concentration and how you believe diversity and social justice advocacy play a role in being an effective counseling professional & any other information that you believe would benefit your application.
  • Three professional references
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • Your completed application and application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11846 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5923 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    11846 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5923 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    2890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1445 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Charlotte

1133 - 2060 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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