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Accelerated Masters in Addiction Counseling

Earn a bachelor’s and master’s in three years (after completion of associate's).
Available only to students from partner institutions (with plans for expansion to other community colleges).
Build the skills to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor.
Online learning makes it easier to balance school and personal life.
Degree Overview Open Accordion

An accelerated pathway to earn your master’s in addiction counseling

To address a critical shortage of trained addiction treatment professionals in rural Colorado, our Accelerated Addiction Counseling Master’s Program prepares individuals to become Licensed Addiction Counselors. This program targets rural areas through partnerships with local colleges, providing a seamless pathway from an undergraduate degree to a master’s degree, equipping graduates to enter the workforce as treatment providers for those struggling with substance use disorders. The program will give you the educational requirements, however, students may need to complete additional training hours before licensure.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree is structured to be completed in 5 years, with the first 2 taken at a community college. Prior to earning a master’s degree, students must complete the Accelerated Addiction Counseling Undergraduate Program. Both programs are offered remotely, ensuring accessibility for individuals in rural communities. Year 5 will be a mix of coursework and an internship, fulfilling the educational requirements for state certification and licensure. Students will earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in this 5 year timeframe.

Courses align with emerging principles in Addiction Counseling set by the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) of the Colorado Department of Human Services. This alignment ensures that graduates are eligible to sit for licensure exams upon completing the program.

This program is a collaboration with Northeastern junior college in Sterling CO. Students need to have completed an associate’s degree at NJC to meet the admissions requirements.

Career Information Open Accordion

The labor market for addiction counseling is projected to grow significantly, with the United States anticipating a 24 percent growth rate, translating to approximately 67,000 annual openings in addiction-related jobs. This high demand, coupled with the current shortage of addiction counselors, ensures a robust job market for program graduates. Graduates can expect to find positions as Addiction Counselors, Behavioral Health Workers, Intake Counselors, and other mental health professionals.

Join our program to become a key player in addressing addiction challenges in rural Colorado and beyond, contributing to healthier communities and a brighter future for those affected by substance use disorders.

Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion

Do I need transfer credits?

Yes. Students need to have completed an associate's degree at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) in Sterling, CO and up to 60 credits can transfer to CSU

Is this program online?

Some classes are offered online and can be completed fully online. However, since the field is regulated by Behavioral Health Administration, some classes are only offered face to face. These will have to be taken at NJC in Sterling, CO.

What is an Accelerated Master’s Program?

The accelerated master’s program (AMP) allows high achieving students in the bachelor’s program who are interested in graduate studies to pursue an advanced degree in less time. Students may apply for admission to the master's during their undergraduate study. AMP offers flexibility in scheduling and completing upper-division undergraduate requirements while concurrently fulfilling graduate course requirements for the Master’s degree.

Students accepted to this program are allowed to apply up to 9 credits of 500-level regular coursework to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, provided they earn at least a B grade in those courses. At the graduate level, students must satisfy all the requirements of the Master’s degree as outlined in the department Graduate Student Manual (GSM).

Applicants must plan early, meet with undergraduate and graduate advisors, and submit an application to be reviewed by the Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC). Undergraduate and graduate units that partner to build an AMP will create a graduate admission policy for the undergraduate students that guarantees them contingent admission to the partnering graduate program at any point during the student’s undergraduate career. Final admission is conferred when the students meet the minimum AMP and Graduate School admissions criteria upon completion of their bachelor’s degrees. Students must complete the Graduate Admissions Application.

Curriculum Open Accordion

Example Program of Study

Note: Students will work with their academic advisor to create a program of study that works for their unique situation and academic goals.

The number of courses needed for completion of program depends on:

The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program.

Fall Semester of Year 3:

Spring Semester of Year 3:

Pick 1: Paired Lecture

Pick 1: Paired Lab

Summer Semester of Year 3:

  • PSY 361 – Addiction Counseling Case Conceptualization (3 cr.)

Pick 1: Additional Diversity Requirement

Fall Semester of Year 4:

*Another course may be substituted in place of BMS 300 to meet the science requirement, at the discretion of your academic advisor.

Spring Semester of Year 4:

Pick 1: Lecture Lab Pair 2a

Pick 1: Lecture Lab Pair 2b (1-2 credits)

  • PSY 574 – Addiction Counseling with Co-Occurring Disorders (3 cr.)
  • PSY 575 – Addiction Counseling with Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

Total undergraduate credits completed with CSU: 58

Fall Semester of Year 5:

Spring Semester of Year 5:

Total graduate credits completed with CSU: 30

Faculty Open Accordion
Brad Conner

Brad Conner

Professor, Director of Addiction Counseling

(970) 491-6197

Noah Emery

Noah Emery

Assistant Professor

(970) 491-5905

Hollis Karoly

Hollis Karoly

Assistant Professor

(970) 491-3677

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Wendy Lee


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Ryan Scarborough


How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall July 30

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Admission Requirements

Admission to the Accelerated Masters in Addiction Counseling degree has the following requirements:

  • Associate's degree from Northeastern Junior College or equivalent.
    Note: There are specific approved associate degree programs/community colleges that feed into this degree.
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA from prior coursework
  • Transfer mathematics requirement

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic experience. Refer to CSU Admissions for details about who we look for in our individual review process.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Kristina Reda
Phone: (970) 491-1813
Email: Kristina Reda

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online undergraduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Major in Psychology, Accelerated Addiction Counseling Concentration — online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions you have.

Kristina Reda
Prospective Student Support Coach

Program Details

$448 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Degree Awarded
Masters in Addiction Counseling
Time Frame
3 years (following completion of associate's degree)

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 30

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