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Bachelor's in Addictions Counseling

Do you want to pursue a career helping others overcome their addictions through effective counseling? If so, the Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University could be the next logical step toward your goal. This Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Counseling program was designed to be completed online, allowing students to continue their education without slowing down their current career or family responsibilities. This evidence-based program produces practitioners who want to apply their Christian faith to their careers, helping individuals defeat their addictions. This B.S. in Addictions Counseling can be completed in as little as two years, with students focusing on just one course at a time.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Addictions Counseling Online at IWU?

At IWU, students with Christian beliefs can find the support and mentorship to be successful in this program while focusing on self-development and lifelong learning grounded in IWU’s Christian faith. From tech support to tutoring, we provide online students the same quality of education they would expect from a campus-based program. While you study in this program, we will lock your tuition rates so they stay the same throughout your time of study. We offer students a path toward an accredited degree in addiction counseling with the convenience of online courses and the benefit of practicum hours spent with faculty who are experienced professionals.  Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career in counseling.

What Will I Learn in this B.S. in Addictions Counseling Online Degree Program?

The curriculum of this bachelor’s in addictions counseling program is designed to teach students evidence-based counseling skills, the theory and practice of group counseling, the psychology of abnormal behavior, and other critical topics. Plus, we lock in the rate of your tuition once you start this degree in addiction counseling program. This ensures you do not have to worry about cost increases once you begin your education.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

48 Credit Hours


$398/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling Program

Coursework for your bachelor’s in addictions counseling program covers how to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate treatment plans and techniques for rehabilitation effectively with clients and their families
  • Apply current techniques in assessment, treatment planning, and client/system change processes
  • Understand and treat individuals based on the context of their individual addiction and family system
  • Integrate Christian principles into a career helping others overcome their addiction

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Community Health Worker
  • Licensed Addictions Counselor
  • Social Services Manager

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • Official transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities or at an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before starting the core program. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60.
  • Students in this program are required to complete PSY-150 (General Psychology) or its equivalent before starting the core program.
  • Completion of 120 credit hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 credit hours of Liberal Arts, including the following:
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies or Philosophy or Religion
    • 6 credit hours in English Written Communication
    • 3 credit hours in English Oral Communication
    • 6 credit hours in Social or Behavioral Science
    • 3 credit hours in Mathematics
    • 3 credit hours in Natural Science
    • 3 credit hours in Arts and Humanities (Core courses that fall into Liberal Arts categories may not be used to fulfill both the core requirement and the Liberal Arts requirement.)
  • Completion of a total of 350 supervised hours of practicum field experience.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.
  • Internet Requirement. Students will be required to have access to high-speed Internet for the duration of the program.
  • Audio and Video Equipment. Students will be required to obtain and/or utilize audio and video equipment for classes, group counseling, and practicums.
  • Background Checks. Students may be required to undergo background checks and drug testing in order to participate in the practicum courses.
  • Criminal Convictions. State regulations may prohibit licensure for individuals who have ever been convicted of a crime of violence or of any crime that has a direct bearing on the ability to practice competently. The applicant is responsible to check with the state in which he or she wishes to be licensed prior to beginning the program.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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