Master in Clinical Counseling Degree Requirements

Degree Requirments

The program requires 36 credit hours, typically completed over four semesters based on three courses each semester.  It consists of two components, didactic classroom instruction (27 credit hours) and "in the field" counseling experience (9 credit hours).

Experiential Learning

The field training component will pair students with seasoned professionals who will mentor them in all aspects of counseling substance abusers.  Field training exposes students to the practice of the core counselor functions including screening, intake, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and record keeping.


Coursework is heavily concentrated in psychology and counseling disciplines for both core courses and electives.  The classroom instruction will provide students with a basic understanding of many of the forces that drive an addiction, an array of drug and alcohol treatment procedures, theories of drug use and abuse, the addictions process and its mental health connections, pharmacology, core counselor functions, strategies for addressing addiction, and eithical considerations.

Required Classroom Courses (9)

Psy-P535   Introduction to Addictions Counseling

Psy-P667   Neuropsychopharmacology

Psy-P624   Principles of Psychopathology

Psy-P641    Assessment

Psy-P556    Group and Family Counseling

Psy-I501      Multicultural Counseling

Psy-P538     Professional Issues in Addictions Counseling

Psy-P662     Advanced Lifespan Development

Psy-Pxxx       Advanced Counseling Skills and Clinical Problems

Internship in Counseling Psychology (3) Psy-P694

Recommended Full-Time Enrollment Sequence (Fall start date)              Printable PDF