About OU's Master of Science in Addiction Counseling
Ottawa University’s online Master of Science in Addiction Counseling (MSAC) degree program prepares learners to pursue careers as addiction counseling professionals, treating individuals with substance abuse and dependency disorders. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including private practice, substance abuse clinics, group practices, and hospital settings.
Curriculum for the MSAC integrates evidence-based counseling theory, research, and practice and provides students with a foundation for doctoral studies and/or professional practice in addiction counseling. OU’s online Addiction Counseling graduate program will also prepare students for future study and work in mental health counseling, clinical psychology, social work, counselor education, law enforcement, law and human services.
As most states require that individuals seeking the highest level of licensing and/or certification have a master's degree, the MSAC puts you on track for career advancement in the field. Our online program meets the educational requirements, in most states, for licensure or certification. It also meets the requirements for licensure in Arizona for the Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC). Licensure or certification requirements vary from state-to-state. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to contact their state licensure or certification authority to assure that the degree requirements meet their state’s requirements.
Career Outlook for the MSAC
The employment outlook for substance abuse counselors is on the rise, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The need for substance addiction counselors is expected to grow by 22% from through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors was $46,240 in May 2019. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount, and half earned less. The lowest 10% earned less than $29,520, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,080.
Addiction counselors must have a strong desire to help people who have a substance use disorder, and should be able to inspire respect, trust and confidence in those individuals. They provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services work in diverse community settings, including schools, clinics, community, mental health and family counseling centers, law enforcement agencies, churches, hospitals, and private practice for those who struggle with substance abuse.
The MSAC in Perspective
“I truly believe that Ottawa University's Addiction Counseling degree programs are among the top in the nation. OU offers outstanding masters, bachelors and certificates online. Our faculty are all highly qualified addiction professionals with many years of experience. I’m also proud to note that in 2017 Ottawa’s Addiction Counseling program was honored as the ‘Outstanding Addiction/Offender Program of the Year’ by the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, which is a division of the American Counseling Association." – Dr. Kirk Bowden, Professor in Charge of OU’s Addiction Counseling Program
The National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of its Addiction Counseling programs.
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.
Advance your career and make a difference in people's lives by earning an online Masters of Science in Addiction Counseling.
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