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Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Graduate Certificate

Make a difference in the lives of others with the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. This flexible, 18 credit certificate is open to Indiana residents only. Study the history, major theories, techniques, and strategies in the field of substance addiction and intervention.

Course Delivery: 80-99% Online

Total Credits: 18

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, you’ll evaluate and critically analyze scholarship in the field, apply counseling skills to meet the needs of diverse clients, and apply strategies for helping people identify addiction’s impact on their lives, their relationships, and their health.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor’s degree
  2. 3.0 minimum GPA
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  1. Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  2. Resume
  3. Personal statement (250 words)
Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Aid Note: This program is only eligible for aid under IU South Bend. All other hosts campuses are ineligible for financial aid.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling could serve you in such careers as: 

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Behavioral disorder counselor
  • Community health worker
  • State and county personnel
  • School teacher
  • School nurse
  • School administrators
  • School psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Social worker
  • Case manager
  • Corrections officer
  • Health and safety manager

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, you must complete 18 credit hours.  

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Addiction counseling theories and techniques (core) course (3 credits)
  • Clinical appraisal and assessment course (3 credits)
  • Clinical problems and applications course (3 credits)
  • Psychoactive drugs and psychopharmacology course (3 credits)
  • Diversity course (3 credits)
  • Practicum course (3 credits)
    Please note that the practicum must be completed on campus.


Core Classes for the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-G 510 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling 3 Credits
PSY-G 510 Alcohol and Drug Counseling 3 Credits
PSY-P 535 Introduction to Addictions Counseling 3 Credits

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