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Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling / Addictions and Recovery

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Addictions and Recovery degree offered by Liberty University is a course of study available to students in a completely online format. The program is intended for individuals interested in obtaining a Master of Arts degree and career advancement, but who do not plan to seek licensure or national certification.  Pastors, human resource directors, teachers, coaches, nurses, law enforcement officers, managers, student affairs personnel, and others who need to apply psychological insight to their jobs on a regular basis are an appropriate match for this program.

The Human Services program requires its students to take and complete 30 credit hours in courses. This includes 21 hours of counseling courses and nine additional hours that focus on academic disciplines such as Business, Counseling, Communication, Education, Religion, and varied human services fields. By the end of this program, a student should be able to convey the following knowledge and perform the following skills: to comprehend appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of counseling in preparation for certification and taking licensure exams in order to procure employment in the mental health field, to demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills, which use the APA format and computer technology, to integrate biblical principles and secular theories in a responsibly eclectic manner, to incorporate ethical and legal standards in counseling, and finally to assess, diagnose, and treat clients with a broad array of presenting problems and mental disorders using multiple counseling skills.

There area some admissions requirements for this program. A student must have earned a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education. A student must have earned an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Students must have also successfully completed a minimum of six semester hours of coursework in Psychology or a closely related field such as sociology or human services.


Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.0 GPA.

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.


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