Addiction is a disease that tears apart families, ruins lives and adversely affects whole communities. As an aspiring substance abuse counselor, you can make a difference. Enroll in Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse. 
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The Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse program at Grand Canyon University prepares students to serve individuals, families and communities with competence and compassion.

Study the root causes and contributing factors of addiction and substance abuse, and examine the many ways in which chemical dependency affects children, adolescents and adults. 

Learn to apply the Christian worldview and key concepts in spirituality to understanding and treating addiction. Addiction is a dark, dangerous path that may lead to death. If you become a substance abuse counselor, you may be positioned to intervene in your clients’ lives before it’s too late.

What You’ll Learn 

The BS degree in addiction counseling at GCU is an accredited program that provides students with a firm academic foundation in the counseling field. The degree requires a total of 120 credits for completion. 

Online classes are available to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Students benefit from learning a blend of theoretical knowledge and applied skills, including hands-on learning experiences. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Counseling Theories 
  • Foundations of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders 
  • Psychopharmacology in Treatment of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders 
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and HIV/AIDS 
  • Multicultural Counseling in a Diverse Society 
  • Grp Interventions & Comm Resources for Addiction & Substance Use Disorders

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Grand Canyon University (GCU) welcomes applicants 16 years old and older for admission consideration. We seek future graduates with diverse interests, experiences and perspectives, ready to capture academic opportunities with creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Although GCU seeks to integrate Christian faith and practice into all aspects of campus life, no statement of faith or religious affiliation is required of prospective students, with the exception of majors in the College of Theology. Theology majors are required to affirm GCU's Doctrinal Statement and the College of Theology Covenant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8250 USD/semester
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  • National

    8250 USD/semester
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  • Campus: $8,250 per semester
  • Online: $470 per credit

Living costs for Phoenix

  • 900 - 1450 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
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