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Complete Guide to a Substance Abuse Counselor Degree Online

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Choose one of the 13 programs listed here to become a substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor. We feature 8 colleges and universities with substance abuse programs at several degree levels. Costs at these schools range from $4,020 to $44,463 a year, with average tuition at $16,625. Student reviewers gave an average recommendation rating of 60 percent to these schools and an average career helpfulness rating of 54 percent.

Certificate Associate Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Annual Tuition Certificate $15,188 Associate $14,585 Bachelor's $14,844 Master's $14,809 Doctorate $12,348
Annual Earnings (mid-career) -- -- Bachelor's $49,206 Master's $69,563 Doctorate $106,488

A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement to become a substance abuse counselor in many states; others require a master's. In the undergraduate program, students study alcohol and drug use, counseling skills, group counseling, and pharmacology. Fieldwork experience is also required. The master's degree is required to earn a counseling license in most states. This degree requires two years of coursework as well as an internship. If you're interested in doing intensive research into the physiological and psychological aspects of addiction, a doctorate could be a good option for you.

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