Alcohol & Drug Counseling

at Metropolitan State University

Program Details

  • Award: Master of Science
  • Credits: 48
  • Delivery: Face-to-face

About this Program

Mastery of substance use disorders counseling requires superior competency in the delivery of best practices, in combination with strong client-centered clinical skills. The Master of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling is designed to foster the necessary advanced knowledge and skills, allowing counselors to address the increasingly complex challenge of effectively addressing substance use and co-occurring disorders. The program is strongly centered on expertise in the theory and application of evidence-based practices (including motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapies), co-occurring disorders competency, multiculturalism and anti-oppression, ethics and professionalism, and integration of new research findings into clinical practice.


Program Locations

  • Metropolitan State University, St Paul Campus 55106

Labor Market Information

  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Median wage:$21.54/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Median wage:$23.37/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Median wage:$22.04/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Median wage:$15.24/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
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Metropolitan State University
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