B.S. Addictions Studies – Albright College

Bachelor’s Degree: Addictions Studies

The study of addictions

Gain a strong foundation in the study of addictions so that you are prepared to serve the community by helping those in need as they work to overcome addictive behaviors. By learning about the impact of addiction not only on an individual, but also on the broader community, you’ll be equipped to play a critical role in restoring dignity and health to people who have an addiction.

By taking classes in a wide range of addiction-related topics, including theories and treatments of substance use disorders and addictive behaviors, family systems and addictions, addictive behaviors among special populations and assessment and counseling of those with substance use disorders or addictive behaviors. What’s more, you will learn to think critically and analytically, interact with peers and faculty constructively and hone your communication abilities – qualities that will help you stand out to potential employers.

Each seven-and-a-half-week course is fully online, giving you the flexibility you need to balance your academics with your busy life. The addictions courses have been designed and approved to fulfill the educational requirements to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor (CADC) or associate addiction counselor (AAC) by the Pennsylvania Certification Board – two professions that are in high demand.

Seamless transition to graduate school

If you plan to pursue your graduate degree, you will be happy to know that this program seamlessly transitions into Albright’s Master of Science in Applied Psychology, a one year professional master’s program.


23% increase in jobs For substance abuse, behavioral health, mental health counselors (2020-2030) 
13,400 new jobs annually
For psychologists (2020-2030)
$55,850 Average starting salary for substance abuse, behavioral health, mental health counselor (salary.com)


Your rewarding career awaits

A degree in addictions studies opens many doors within the fields of social services, nonprofits and community organizations, to name a few. If you’re planning to go on to graduate school, your addictions studies degree will give you the foundation you need to succeed.

From private-practice counselors to public addictions counselors, you can find meaningful work using the skills you developed in psychology to help individuals and communities meet their maximum potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to qualifying students in the School of Professional Studies.

How many courses do I need to complete my addictions studies degree?
To receive a bachelor of science in addictions studies, you must complete 31-course units. Each class lasts seven-and-a-half weeks.

Am I able to begin the addictions studies program from the start?
Yes. Whether you want to start your addictions studies degree or are already in the process of doing so, the Albright SPS program is ideally suited for you. You may transfer a maximum of 18 courses (units) from a community college or 23 classes from a four-year institution.

Are online courses available?
Yes, courses are available online to fit your busy schedule.

How much does the program cost?
The price per course (unit) is $1,592 – or $398 per credit – with no additional fees. Books are not included in the price.

When may I start?
You have multiple opportunities per year to begin your undergraduate program in the School of Professional Studies. We offer two start dates in the fall, two in the spring and two in the summer.

What are the licensing requirements for a psychologist in Pennsylvania?
To be a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, the state board of psychology requires completion of a doctoral program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Master’s degree recipients may be licensed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania if they meet the specified criteria as designated by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

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