Master of Science in Counseling / Substance Abuse Counseling
Nova Southeastern University

Program Details

Students in the online master’s in Counseling degree program have two options related to substance abuse training. The Substance Abuse Counseling specialization can be completed with 48 credit hours, or add 12 additional credits for the Substance Abuse Counseling and Education track.

Courses in this online Substance Abuse Counseling degree program are designed for working professionals already actively involved in or entering fields related to Substance Abuse Counseling. Students will examine the prevention strategies, treatment philosophies, and legislative history of rehabilitation. A practicum experience allows students to practice skills and knowledge gained in class in a supervised real-world setting. 

Students can expect course topics including the following:

  • Substance abuse and mental health counseling in community settings
  • Issues in clinical supervision
  • Treatment of co-occurring disorders
  • Psychopharmacology of illicit and licit drugs 

Learning Pace


% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in psychology or related field is desired and/or related experience