MS in Psychology: Addictions

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program offers you the opportunity to study the biopsychological factors of addiction and methods of addiction counseling. Read about Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program gives students the opportunity to study strategies of dependency counseling, how addiction begins and progresses, the chemical and behavioral changes that take place throughout addiction, and the psychopharmacological effects of various drugs on the brain. Coursework covers advanced addiction counseling theories, ethical and legal dilemmas between counselor and client, group counseling and stages of group development, and treating patients with both addiction and mental health problems. The program also examines human development over the life span, methods of psychological testing and assessment, advanced psychological research methods, the application of statistics in psychological research, and the ethics and standards of psychological research and the practice of psychology. Students must complete a practicum and choose to finish the program with a master's thesis project or a comprehensive exam.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program should have a background in psychology and an interest in the process of addiction and addiction counseling. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program offers two tracks as options: the thesis track requires 70 credits and at least one extra term; or the comprehensive exam track which consists of 65 credits and requires a comprehensive exam for program completion. A total of 30 credits is designated for specialization coursework.

Master of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in Addictions Requirements

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
    • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Counseling
  • Advanced Addiction Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments
  • Addictions Practicum

Thesis Track

  • Master's Research and Thesis I
  • Master's Research and Thesis II

Exam Track

  • Comprehensive Exam

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program at Kaplan University you could pursue employment opportunities at hospitals, drug rehabilitation centers, correctional institutions, and schools. Some positions you may wish to seek could include:

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor
  • Family addictions counselor
  • Corrections facility drug counselor

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions program can also prepare you for doctoral-level studies. Continuing your education by earning a Ph.D. in a psychology- or addictions-related field can offer you additional career options. Some Ph.D. programs you could pursue include:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Addiction Studies