What will I learn?

This 18-hour certificate is for master’s degree candidates or graduates in any field. We provide comprehensive training that explores all aspects of addictions. This program has been approved by the Indiana Counselor’s Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) for the past nine years.

The program provides training that will inform and drive your professional goals. It is both theoretical and practical, offering depth and breadth of learning, experiential growth and community engagement. You’ll explore the psychological and physiological intricacies of addictions as well as the best practices for counseling individuals who seek help.

Our comprehensive curriculum includes an introduction to addictions and pharmacology as well as classes that examine relapse and recovery, HIV/AIDS, diversity issues, dual diagnosis, ethics, criminal justice, social systems and counseling techniques.

This program is theoretical and experiential. You’ll complete a practicum to gain hands-on knowledge. Plus, we invite expert guest speakers into the classroom to help you further understand addiction topics.


Certification will prepare you to sit for licensing examinations that measure competencies in:

  • The biopsychosocial model of addictions
  • Physiology and psychology of addictions
  • Therapeutic theories, techniques, strategies, interventions, preventions and practices

Licensing/certifications in particular subsets of addictions counseling are dependent on expertise in those areas.

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:

  • Addictions counselor
  • Drug and alcohol counselor
  • Drug and alcohol education specialist

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (18 hours)

Tuition fees
US$10,977.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected May, October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022


Purdue University Northwest

Hammond Campus,

2200 169th Street,



46323, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater based on a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission. Students whose GPA is somewhat less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.

Test scores: IELTS score - An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission; TOEFL - minimum Internet-Based (iBT) scores: 80.

Application Deadlines: May 15 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; March 15 for summer admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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