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Substance Abuse Counseling, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Online
The online bachelor's degree program in Substance Abuse Counseling at the University of Cincinnati is designed for students who are interested in careers in the chemical dependency treatment areas of counseling and prevention. 
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Students of the Substance Abuse Counseling online program offered by the University of Cincinnati are prepared through a program grounded in current research and proven practice in the field of substance abuse to be qualified clinicians. Substance abuse counseling instructors represent a broad range of experience, skills and knowledge in the field including faculty with research and training expertise as well as experienced practitioners in drug and alcohol treatment across many demographic groups.

Students in the online substance abuse counseling program have the option of completing the bachelor of science degree on campus or as an online, distance learning student. The on-campus student will attend classes in the traditional face-to-face delivery method, but also will take classes delivered online via Blackboard - UC's advanced course development and delivery software. Distance learning students will complete their coursework entirely via the Blackboard computer-based format, with no obligation to travel to UC's campus.


Students who have an interest in working in the community to provide assistance to others are great candidates for the degree in substance abuse counseling. Students in the substance abuse counseling program may enhance their education by choosing an area of study within the degree requirements that can include child abuse recognition or another human service-related area.

Students who excel in the substance abuse counseling program often have very strong interpersonal skills and work well with others. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are also a plus.


The online substance abuse counseling program is designed to help full-time students and career professionals gain the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to work in the field or to begin a career working with addicted persons.

Aspects of the program are also suited to those who may come in contact with and may need to assist addicted persons, including probation, parole and corrections officers, social workers, mental health professionals, nurses and other medical staff, guidance counselors, psychologists and certified or licensed professionals who want to enhance their career potential or clinical privileging.

Upon program completion, students will have met all academic requirements for licensure under Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board guidelines. (Additional field practice hours are required for eligibility to take the state OCDPB license examination as well as other application requirements).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling 
  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention 
  • Historical Perspectives in Substance Abuse Counseling 
  • Basic Pharmacology 
  • Alcoholism
  • Drugs and Behavior

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The Common Application (online)
  • Essay
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6249 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    12498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6249 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6069 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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