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.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 40
COST PER CREDIT $420
How Do I Get Started?

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

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.

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

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV financial aid.

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.*

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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).

Career Opportunities

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is expected to increase much faster than average from 2016 to 2026.† 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
  • Detox centers

Note: The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

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.

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.

Sample Courses
  • Ethics for Addictions Professionals
  • Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Counseling
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits40
  • Total Credits40

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Program Brochure

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.