3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The College of Arts & Sciences offers students an opportunity to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees through its 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling program. This program enables qualified students to earn, in a continuous plan of study, both a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Addiction Counseling in five years.

Qualified students are able to complete 10 Core Counseling graduate courses that will count towards their undergraduate Psychology degree. 


Eligible undergraduate students who would like to pursue a 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling degree should apply directly to the 3+2 program by the end of their first year to take maximum advantage of this accelerated option. Students who qualify for the 3+2 degree will need to complete a formal application with Graduate Admissions by no later than the start of their junior year. Students must satisfy separate admission requirements for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Admission to the undergraduate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

The M.S. degree in Addiction Counseling is run on a cohort model. Students who are accepted to the program will enter the summer after their junior year. 

Qualified students who have already been accepted to the 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling program will also need to complete a formal application with Graduate Admissions. When submitting the formal application to Graduate Admissions, the following must be submitted or completed:

  1. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the M.S. Addiction Counseling box under the Special Programs Selection section
  2. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters
  4. Current résumé or CV
  5. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses:  PSYC1001 Introductory Psychology, PSYC2002 Abnormal Psychology, and MATH2001 Statistics or RSCH2050 Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills).
  6. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  7. Personal interview

This program is offered at the Providence and Denver campuses. Please see the Admissions Requirements section of the catalog for more information.

Note: Credit hours for undergraduate courses are reflected as quarter credits; graduate courses are reflected as semester credits.


A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
PSYC1001Introductory Psychology4.5
PSYC1020Introduction to Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology4.5
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology4.5
PSYC3001Social Psychology4.5
PSYC3040Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology4.5
PSYC4200Cultural Psychology4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
RSCH4050Research Seminar in Psychology4.5
Major Electives or Specialization in Counseling Psychology
Choose eight of the following (no more than two SOC-designated courses): *36
College of Arts & Sciences Internship
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Career and School Counseling
Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Principles of Group Counseling
Counseling Techniques for Addictions and Other Behavioral Disorders
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Human Sexuality
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Motivation and Leadership in the Workplace
Psychology of Conflict Resolution
Sociology of Aging
Community Leadership: An Applied Sociology
Social Issues in Contemporary America
Deviant Behavior
Specialization in Counseling Psychology
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Principles of Group Counseling
Internship in Counseling Psychology (9 credits) *
Choose two of the following:
Introduction to Career and School Counseling
Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors
Counseling Techniques for Addictions and Other Behavioral Disorders
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Biostatistics
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Sciences9
Sociology I
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or PSYC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at the 3000 level or higher
Free Electives **
36 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university36
Total Credits181.0

Addiction Counseling

Master of Science (M.S.)

Core Courses
CSLG5100Advanced Career Counseling 3
CSLG5150Counseling Across the Lifespan 3
CSLG5170Multicultural Counseling: Theories and Techniques 3
CSLG5250Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice 3
CSLG5300Advanced Individual Counseling Theory and Techniques 3
CSLG5350Health and Wellness Counseling 3
CSLG5400Psychopathology and Treatment Planning 3
CSLG5450Testing and Assessment in Counseling3
CSLG5500Advanced Group Counseling Theories and Techniques 3
CSLG5899Counseling Practicum3
CSLG6500Leadership in Agency Settings3
CSLG6899Counseling Internship12
PSYC5200Advanced Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology 3
RSCH6100Research and Theories in Addiction Counseling3
Choose three of the following:9
Advanced Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions Counseling
Counseling the Chemically Dependent and Their Families
Chemical Dependency Case Management and Professional Development
Total Credits60.0

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

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