The Master of Arts in Addiction Studies is a 33 credit master's degree designed to prepare students to become Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselors (LCADC) in New Jersey. The LCADC is a state license issued by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and the Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselor Examiners. The LCADC license allows you to work in a variety of treatment facilities that serve individuals with substance use disorders and their families. The LCADC license also allows counselors to practice in private practice settings and to receive third party payment through a variety of health insurance companies.
What Makes Our Program Unique
The MA - Addiction Studies is unique in two ways. First, the program was designed specifically to meet the educational requirements of the LCADC license in terms of covering both core areas and domains that must be addressed in the counselor training process. Second, our program is unique in that it is both INCASE and NASAC accredited. INCASE is the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators and NASAC is the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission. These accreditations mean that when Monmouth students apply for the LCADC license, the Licensure Board is aware that they have met rigorous standards for substance abuse education.
Job Market for Alcohol & Drug Counselors
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for substance abuse counselors remains strong. Given the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic which is gripping the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, the job growth for alcohol and drug counselors is ever-growing. Many of our graduates go on to work in outpatient programs, inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, halfway houses, and criminal justice programs that serve adjudicated individuals such as drug court and intoxicated driver populations. Many of our graduates also work in programs that serve special populations such as women, adolescents, underserved ethnic/racial groups, and those with co-occurring mental health issues.