The Master of Science in Psychology with Addictions Specialization is offered by Kaplan University to individuals interested in learning about the principles of addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders and how they are applied to guide clients toward recovery. Students are trained to apply psychological theories to situations in the real-world, evaluate and use theories and concepts in different kinds of environment, analyze and apply these theories and concepts to arrive at strategies that would be appropriate for professional practice, and to evaluate how the field of psychology is affected by the implications of decisions made on the ethical, legal, and socio-cultural aspects. A master’s degree in psychology is able to provide knowledge and skills that can be used in a wide range of fields.
Completion of the program can be attained in two (2) ways. Students can either choose the Thesis Track which requires a total of sixty-five (65) credit hours or the Comprehensive Track which requires a total of sixty (60) credit hours. Required Core Courses for the former include Applied Statistics for Psychology, Foundations of Professional Psychology, Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, Testing/ Measurement/ and Assessment, Life Span Development, Master’s Research and Thesis I, and Master’s Research and Thesis II while the latter option requires the same set of Core Courses except for the last two which are substituted by the Comprehensive Exam Course. Specialization Courses include Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling, and Co-occurring Disorders and Treatments. Accreditation is provided by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Graduates can expect to pursue specialist to supervisory positions in healthcare organizations, research, and employee-assistance such as mental health specialist, mental health supervisor, social service worker, or psychology researcher.