Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders

GCU's transformative Christian Counseling programs create an opportunity to integrate Christian principles within a professional counseling practice. A career as a licensed addiction counselor begins with the Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders.

The MS in Christian Counseling program offers a strong foundation in biblical knowledge and theological wisdom, to serve clients who are searching for treatments that instill Christian faith. Learners develop a deep understanding of the gospel to discuss relevant issues from a Christian perspective. This includes an exploration of spiritual health, growth and character development for the counselor in life and practice.

The Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders program concludes with a supervised practicum or internship experience, to create an avenue for learners to further nurture and develop their counseling skills. Interns will have an opportunity to provide substance abuse disorder services under clinical supervision.

Graduates of this addiction counseling degree are open to the possibilities to own and operate their own counseling clinic or work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Private practices
  • Substance abuse clinics
  • Group practices
  • Hospitals

Licensed substance abuse counselors are expected to be in heavier demand in both the public and private sector for the forseeable future. A master's degree is needed to achieve the highest level of licensing and certification in many states.

Learners are provided with comprehensive training and academic preparation to achieve national certification and licensure in Arizona as an addiction counselor. Graduates from other states may have the academic preparation to begin the process to seek certification and licensure in their respective states. But, additional requirements may vary from state to state.

Christian faith components:

  • Biblical Foundations for Counselors
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Biblical Concepts of Healthy Relationships
  • Integration of Scripture with Counseling Theory

Topics of interest:

  • Psychopharmacology and Addictions
  • Family Issues and Addictive Disorders
  • Group Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Diagnostics, Assessment and Treatment

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.