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Get certified in substance abuse counseling

This graduate certificate is designed for graduate students and working professionals from a range of mental health education backgrounds who wish to provide comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment through inpatient and outpatient care. Those who complete this certificate may also pursue the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential.


This certificate helps meet an overwhelming national need within the mental health field by equipping future and current professionals with the specific tools to address and treat substance abuse and addictions. 

Successful completion of the graduate certificate program requires 18 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in counseling and counseling psychology and human development and family science. There are six core courses, including a three-credit hour field experience (internship) where you will complete a minimum of 300 hours at a drug/alcohol counseling site.


Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


Counseling, MS

Human Development and Family Science, MS - Marriage and Family Therapy

Counseling Psychology, PhD

Human Development and Family Science, PhD



Courses are offered in person and delivered on the Stillwater campus.

Required (18 credit hours):

  • CPSY 5673: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CPSY 5773: Substance Abuse Theories
  • CPSY 5783: Substance Abuse Psychopharmacology
  • HDFS 5673: Family Dynamics of Addiction
  • HDFS 5703: Family Dynamics of Addiction Treatment
  • CPSY 5793: Substance Abuse Internship


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are accepted each semester and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.

To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Personal goal statement (approx. 250 words)

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