Combined Degrees: Psychology B.S./Addiction Counseling M.S.

Effective May 17, 2024 FYS1020 and CAR0010 will no longer be requirements in our undergraduate programs.

The College of Arts & Sciences offers students an opportunity to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees through its Combined Degrees: Psychology B.S/Addiction Counseling M.S. 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 degree in as little as five years.

Qualified students are able to complete four core Counseling graduate courses that will count towards their undergraduate Psychology degree.  Visit the Psychology B.S. degree and Addiction Counseling M.S. degree program pages for program descriptions and outcomes.


Eligible undergraduate students who would like to pursue the Combined Degrees: Psychology B.S./Addiction Counseling M.S. program should apply directly for the program by the end of their third year to take maximum advantage of this accelerated option. Qualified students who elect the Combined Degrees: Psychology B.S./Addiction Counseling M.S. program as an undergraduate student must fulfill all admissions requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application.  If admitted to the graduate program, students will begin graduate study in the summer after their senior year. 


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

Major Courses
PSYC1001Introductory Psychology3
PSYC1020Introduction to Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology3
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology3
PSYC3001Social Psychology3
PSYC3040Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology3
PSYC4200Cultural Psychology3
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills3
or RSCH3020 Honors Research Methods
RSCH4050Research Seminar in Psychology3
Major Electives or Specialization in Counseling Psychology
Choose six of the following (No more than two SOC-designated courses): *18
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
Psychological Issues of Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors
Health Psychology
Psychology of Motivation and Leadership in the Workplace
Psychology of Conflict Resolution
Social Issues in Contemporary America
Deviant Behavior
Specialization in Counseling Psychology (18 credits)
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Principles of Group Counseling
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
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, PHIL, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Introduction to Biostatistics
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Sciences6
Sociology I
Honors Seminar: Social Inequalities
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or RES
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
18 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university18
Graduate Courses **
CSLG5060Counseling Theories3
CSLG5170Multicultural Counseling: Theories and Techniques3
CSLG5250Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (Practicum 1)3
CSLG5300Individual Counseling Theories and Techniques I (Practicum 2)3
Total Credits122.0

Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.


Students use 6 credits of internship from Applied/Experiential Learning/Counseling Psychology specialization and 6 free elective credits for graduate-level courses in the Addictions Counseling M.S. during their fourth year.  These graduate-level courses will be taken remotely.

The rest of the Addictions Counseling M.S. courses will be taken at the Providence campus.  For more information see: Addiction Counseling

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!


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