Online Graduate Certificate in Addictions

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Program at a Glance

  • A two-term practicum allows you to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Purdue Global is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider.
  • The program is accredited by NASAC.
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply toward a Purdue Global master’s degree.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1 year
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
40
(27 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420

Graduate Certificate in Addictions Overview

Addiction is one of the most severe health and social problems facing our nation. With this addictions certificate, you can receive an education that has the potential to help others. 

Purdue Global is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. 

In this graduate program, you will have the opportunity to

  • Apply contemporary theories and information technologies to real-world situations, and engage in research in the focal areas of the science of psychology.
  • Analyze and apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology to develop appropriate professional practice strategies.
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural implications of decisions within the field of psychology.
  • Complete a two-term practicum experience to gain experience in the field.

Explore Other Learning Opportunities

The graduate resource center and addictions student site offer resources to support students in the psychology master’s program.

Students are invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and Autism Speaks U.

Free webinars are also available to support your learning outside of the classroom.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Get a Head Start on Your Master’s Degree

By completing an addictions graduate certificate, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in psychology.*

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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NAADAC Approved and NASAC Accredited

Purdue Global is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider.

This program is also accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate certificate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in this addictions graduate program focus on chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on application.

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Sample Courses
  • Ethics for Addictions Professionals
  • Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    40
  • Total Credits
    40

Career Opportunities

A graduate certificate from Purdue Global could help you pursue a number of careers in the field of addiction counseling and treatment. Work settings may include hospitals, mental health clinics, behavioral health centers, and detox centers.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Writing
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Social Perceptiveness

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.