Addiction Counseling (M.A.)

Addiction Counseling (M.A.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
CEFS 501Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling3
CEFS 504Multicultural Counseling3
CEFS 506Integration of Spirituality and Counseling3
CEFS 510Theories of Counseling3
CEFS 515Research and Program Evaluation 13
CEFS 521Assessment Techniques in Counseling3
CEFS 546Psychopathology3
CEFS 601Theories of Family Systems3
CEFS 691Substance Abuse: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention3
Total Hours27

Students must successfully complete three hours of coursework in statistics prior to taking CEFS 515. For those who did not complete this course in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill this prerequisite requirement during the first semester of the program

Specialization Courses
ADCN 505Techniques in Addiction Counseling3
ADCN 512Group Dynamics 13
ADCN 605Client, Family, and Community Education in Addiction Counseling3
ADCN 607Case Management and Relapse Prevention in Addiction Counseling3
ADCN 667Diagnosis and Treatment Planning of Addictive Disorders3
ADCN 693Addiction Counseling Internship I3
Total Hours18

A background check will be required

Elective Courses
Choose three credit hours of the following:3
Pharmacology of Addiction and Recovery
Diagnosis and Treatment of Behavioral Addictions
Addiction Counseling Internship II 1
Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma
Total Hours3

May be repeated

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 48 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than 2 grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Liberty University course work that is more than 10 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
CEFS 501 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3
CEFS 504 Multicultural Counseling 3
CEFS 506 Integration of Spirituality and Counseling 3
Second Semester
ADCN 505 Techniques in Addiction Counseling 3
CEFS 510 Theories of Counseling 3
CEFS 515 Research and Program Evaluation 3
Second Year
First Semester
ADCN 512 Group Dynamics 3
CEFS 521 Assessment Techniques in Counseling 3
CEFS 546 Psychopathology 3
Second Semester
CEFS 691 Substance Abuse: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention 3
CEFS 601 Theories of Family Systems 3
ADCN 605 Client, Family, and Community Education in Addiction Counseling 3
Third Year
First Semester
ADCN 667 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning of Addictive Disorders 3
ADCN 607 Case Management and Relapse Prevention in Addiction Counseling 3
Second Semester
ADCN 693 Addiction Counseling Internship I 3
Elective 1 3
 Total Hours48

Choose from ADCN 606, 608, 6942, & CRIS 606 


Course may be repeated

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