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Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

To help meet the demand of a growing national addiction epidemic, Monmouth University offers the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies― a 33-credit degree designed to prepare you to become a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC). Whether you’re building on your undergraduate degree or changing careers and require the LCADC license, our master’s in Addiction Studies will give you the skills you need to work in a wide range of treatment programs or start your own practice.

Monmouth’s comprehensive program fulfills the educational requirements for the LCADC license in New Jersey, enabling you to work in many settings in the substance abuse treatment field. The curriculum covers both core areas and domains that must be addressed in the counselor training process. Our M.A. in Addiction Studies is both INCASE and NASAC accredited, confirming you have met the most rigorous standards for substance abuse education when applying for licensure.

Learn at your own pace with flexible full or part-time study, summer courses, online and evening courses, and hybrid courses that alternate online and in-class instruction.

Program Director & Faculty

Alan A. Cavaiola, Ph.D.

(732) 571-3532

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Projected growth in employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors between 2014 and 2024
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Application Requirements

Master of Arts in Addiction Studies


To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Two completed Monmouth University Professional Counseling Recommendation Forms.
  • Twelve credits in psychology or closely related field (including courses in personality theory, statistics, abnormal psychology, and research methods).
  • Narrative (four to five pages, double spaced) in response to the questions outlined on the Admission Application Essay Form.
  • GRE scores may be required, except for candidates with a master’s degree in a related field.
  • Participation in a group interview.

It was through the program that I began teaching and publishing. Monmouth University provided me with a solid educational foundation, but ultimately it was the support of the faculty that allowed me to flourish. For that I am eternally grateful.

Nicole Jackson
M.A., ’02

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