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M.S. in Psychology – Addictions

Wondering How You Can Champion Addiction Recovery?

The Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions prepares you to apply principles of psychology while assessing addictive disorders. With substance abuse rates reaching epic proportions, this highly marketable degree was developed to meet the demand for addiction research.

Online
39+
January 11, 2021
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Gain Expert Knowledge

Study the stages associated with misuse, abuse and dependency.

Understand Assessments & Interventions

Learn to assess and diagnose habit-forming addictions (e.g., drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling), and help construct treatment plans and faith-based interventions.

Empower Your Career

Gain master’s-level credentials to help you stand out in your field.

Presented from a Christian worldview, this concentration is offered online and supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

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Upon completion of the M.S. in Psychology – Addictions degree, you will be able to:

  • Explore components of an addictive cycle, spiritual considerations, therapy options and community support.
  • Learn critical prevention and treatment practices from a multicultural focus.
  • Immerse in a gateway to study at the doctoral level in basic science or applied psychology.

Career Opportunities

  • Addictions Counselor (nonlicensure)
  • Nonprofit Mental Health Director
  • Researcher
22%
Projected employment growth for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors from 2018-28 (much faster than average) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Review of features, developmental course, etiology, and classification of psychological disorders.

Explores issues related to addictive disorders in individuals and families from assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and interventions throughout the stages of misuse, abuse and dependency. Students gain a basic understanding of the skills and concepts needed for working in the area of substance abuse. Cross-listed with PAC 535 and MHPS 635.

Helps students gain an understanding of spirituality and substance use and faith-based interventions. An overview of foundational applications of assessment and intervention is presented. Presents a multicultural focus as it relates to addiction. Cross-listed with MHPS 672.

Presents a basic understanding of process addictions (food, sex, gambling, etc.), from psychological to physiological aspects. Explores components of an addictive cycle, spiritual components, treatment options, and community supports. Presents a multicultural focus as it relates to process addiction.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Prerequisites:

Master’s applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA for all undergraduate coursework (3.0 preferred).

Application Process:

The Admissions Committee may require a brief Admissions Interview on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are conducted over the phone or Skype with one of our Admissions staff and/or SPC faculty members and typically take 20 minutes.

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 5: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email psycounadmissions@regent.edu, should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.S. in Psychology

$675 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.S. in Psychology

$675 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students) $600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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