Why Washburn for your Master Arts in Human Services, Addiction Counseling?

The holistic, integrative approach to fieldwork training you’ll receive at Washburn will prepare you to become a Licensed Master’s Addiction Counselor in Kansas or elsewhere. Coursework is fully online and all faculty bring field experience to effectively address the challenges you’ll face in the workforce, such as overall wellness, aging, diversity, harm reduction, and trauma.

Addiction counseling is more than just a job – it is a rewarding career in promoting the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. You’ll graduate our online program career-ready and can obtain a marketable, in-demand credential as a licensed helping professional.

Career Forecast Bright Outlook100 % online Online courses + fieldwork in your communityonline

What is addiction counseling? Is it right for me?

Addiction counselors are licensed professionals who help others overcome substance abuse and behavioral addictions such as food and gambling. As a counselor, you’ll deliver evidence-based interventions, practices, and assessments for those struggling with addiction. You may also help family members and loved ones of those with addictions to navigate the healing and recovery process. You will coordinate recovery services and relapse prevention through collaborative efforts between clients, their families, and other agencies. Typical work settings include clinics, halfway houses, hospitals, inpatient treatment facilities, or outpatient rehabilitation centers.

If you have a passion and personal connection to addiction, either in your own experience or that of a loved one, or you want to help other work toward safer, healthier, happier lives and communities, this field may be right for you.

Study Plans

BHS + MA Fast-track

If you don’t already have a bachelor’s degree and know you want to work toward a Master’s level credential in addiction counseling, our Fast-track program can help you finish faster and get to work helping people change their lives.


Full-time study

You can finish the master's program in two years if you take full-time classes.


Part-time study

If your personal obligations make part-time classes best for you, you can finish this program in three years.


Add a Graduate Certificate in Trauma & Recovery

You can earn the Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Recovery by adding just two courses to your plan of study.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook

Important Qualities

  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Listening

Common Work Environments

  • Mental health centers
  • Community health centers
  • Prisons
  • Half-way houses
  • Private practice

Job Opportunities

Data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates "much faster" job growth in this field, with 25 percent growth through 2029.

various MA badges2021 Top 50 Best Addiction Counseling Program

Next steps

This program is offered at the Graduate Distance Education rate, which is the same regardless of state of residence. Learn more.

Several students in our program have been awarded a Minority Fellowship funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These competitive fellowships are awarded once yearly. For more information about this program, please visit https://www.naadac.org/MFP

GET IN TOUCH WITH Family & Human Services

Family & Human Services
Benton Hall, Room 311
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2116
human-services@washburn.edu

back to top button