Addiction Counseling (MA)


The Addiction Counseling program at University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's premier addiction counseling program. The program has the longest history in the state and is among the first of its kind in the nation. As a result, University of Detroit Mercy's program is the leader in addiction counseling, known for its innovation in providing cutting-edge education related to substance and behavioral addiction counseling. Partnering with an array of addiction treatment programs in southeast Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy's Addiction Counseling program has been pivotal in improving the field of addiction counseling in Michigan and throughout the United States.

The Master of Arts with a major in Addiction Counseling provides specialized training in the prevention, assessment and treatment of addictive disorders. With a foundation in mental health counseling, specific coursework in addiction counseling is completed to fulfill requirements for competence in both substance and process/behavioral (e.g., gambling, sexual) addictions. The program prepares individuals for working with addiction in a variety of settings, such as private and public agencies, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics.

The intensive program of study combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience and promotes deep knowledge and competencies related specifically to addiction counseling to promote highly competent mental health clinicians specializing in the prevention, assessment and treatment of addiction. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan (LLPC) and state certification as a substance abuse therapist. The 60-credit-hour program generally requires three years to complete.

Graduates of our Addiction Counseling program are typically well-sought after and hired immediately upon graduation as addiction counselors/therapists and/or clinical supervisors.

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    Admission Requirements

    An undergraduate overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, or a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the second half of the undergraduate degree program, or a graduate GPA of 3.0 on a previously completed graduate degree; a minimum of 15 hours in the social or behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, anthropology, sociology) including at least one course (3 credit hours) in statistics; a letter of interest explaining your interests in the counseling profession; a writing exam; three letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to your potential to enter graduate school in counseling and an interview with the faculty.


    Degree Requirements

    • CNS 5000 Research Methods in Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5020 Counseling and Human Development (3 credits)
    • CNS 5120 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Process (3 credits)
    • CNS 5320 Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5350 Guidance Principles and Practices (3 credits)
    • CNS 5360 Counseling Services: Organization and Administration (3 credits)
    • CNS 5380 Career Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5390 Counseling Skills (3 credits)
    • CNS 5400 Testing and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • CNS 5430 Group Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5490 Trauma, Crisis and Prevention (3 credits)
    • CNS 5600 Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment (3 credits)
    • CNS 5720 Legal, Ethical, and Advocacy Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
    • CNS 5850 Counseling Practicum (3 credits)
    • CNS 5900 Consultation and Staff Development (1 credit)
    • CNS 5920 Introduction to Addiction: Process and Substance (2 credits)
    • CNS 5940 Addiction Counseling: Advanced Issues in Practice and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • CNS 6040 Internship in Counseling (600 hours / 3 credits)
    • ADS 5090 Drugs and Behavior (3 credits)
    • ADS 5110 Theories of Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 5120 Recovery Processes (3 credits)

    Total: 60 credit hours

Program Contact Information

Program Director and Department Chair: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC
Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0436
Fax: 313-578-0507

Program Website