MA in Human Services Counseling – Addictions and Recovery Help Other Work Through Addiction


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts (MA) in Human Services Counseling – Addictions and Recovery degree program is designed for human services professionals who need additional graduate-level training for career advancement. 

Our online counseling degree for human services can also help create new opportunities for students who are just entering the human services and mental health support field. This non-licensure human services substance abuse degree does not require any on-campus visits and has no thesis requirement, so you can fit the flexible online courses into your current schedule.

As a Christian university, Liberty is committed to training human services professionals who can apply the best available scientific research and clinical tools to their practice with a biblical worldview. As such, the online master’s in human services counseling can equip you to better serve your clients who struggle with the challenges of life by addressing their social, psychological, and spiritual needs.

The recovery and addiction studies specialization for the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling can teach you diagnosis and treatment methods for clients who want to break out of the cycle of addiction. This training seeks to give you a thorough understanding of the biological and mental aspects of addiction and the recovery process so you can help guide clients through their journey to better mental health and overall well-being.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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Do you have a passion for studying the human mind and finding the best way to help people improve their lives by changing their behavior? With the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling, you can embark on the fascinating study of human behavior and psychology while applying this knowledge to help solve specific, real-world problems in the counseling, private practice, and mental health field.

Liberty’s Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling online program provides a balance of field-tested practice and cutting-edge research in behavioral sciences, so you can be confident that your approach to treatment will be backed by scientific study. By earning your degree from a Christian university, you will complete coursework that integrates a biblical worldview into all aspects of your degree. 

If you are a human services professional and want to branch out into the addiction and recovery care field, you may need training in substance abuse counseling or sexual addiction counseling. If you want to launch your career in the human services field and assist in substance abuse counseling or sexual addiction therapy, the addictions and recovery track can give you a graduate-level credential and specialized training to help you find new employment opportunities. The addictions and recovery area of study for the Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling can help you apply your expertise in human thought and behavior to assist clients in overcoming substance use disorders.

If you’re interested in pursuing a non-licensure counseling career in human services or simply want to learn more about human services counseling, the MA in Human Services Counseling – Addictions and Recovery may be for you. While this degree program can help prepare you for human services counseling jobs in social service settings, it is not designed to meet Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) licensing requirements.

If you are interested in becoming licensed to provide addiction treatment or substance abuse counseling, you may want to consider our online licensure-track addiction counseling degree: the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (MAAC).

The core content of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree provides a balanced overview of important theories in psychology and specific, real-world counseling practices. 

Throughout our online master’s in human services counseling, you will study the development of the human mind from childhood to adulthood and learn how multicultural issues impact individual and group situations. As a Christian university, Liberty brings the study of human thought and behavior into the light of a Christian worldview and demonstrates how biblical principles inform these science- and evidence-based practices.

The addictions and recovery area of study builds on the core content of the Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling to teach you how to address drug addiction, chemical dependency, and sexual addiction. You can learn how to identify and diagnose addiction, how biological and chemical aspects influence addiction, and how these factors impact treatment.

With the addictions and recovery specialization, you can become prepared to use evidence-based counseling practice and behavioral science to help clients in a non-licensure addiction recovery care setting.

Please note that the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical counseling requirements. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling for more information about counseling licensure.

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