Spotlight: MS in Christian Counseling – Substance Abuse

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Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders is a transformative degree program that prepares learners to incorporate Christian principles into their counseling practice. If you feel inspired to support those suffering from substance abuse disorders through professional Christian counseling methods, then this program may provide you with the ideal groundwork to pursue your calling.

Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this MS in Christian Counseling degree integrates a solid educational foundation with psychology theory, counseling practices, and Christian values. Continue reading to learn how this program can prepare you to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from addictive disorders:

Learn Psychology and Christian Foundations

While earning this degree, students explore a variety of topics. Some examples of what your coursework will cover include addictive disorders, family issues, group counseling theory and practice, psychopharmacology and assessment, diagnostics and treatment. Learners in this program also study spiritual formation, biblical foundations, integration of counseling theory and scripture and biblical concepts of healthy relationships.

Gain Valuable Counseling Experience

This substance abuse and addictive disorders degree closes with the completion of either an internship experience or supervised practicum. This experiential component will allow you to apply what you have learned and provide substance abuse disorder services to clients while under clinical supervision.

Address a Growing Demand

Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for substance abuse counselors to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Graduates of GCU’s MS in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders program will be equipped with training and education that prepares them to obtain licensure in Arizona and national certification as an addiction counselor.

For additional information about Grand Canyon University’s online counseling degrees, visit the College of Humanities and Social Sciences website or use the Request More Information button on this page.


  • “Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from:

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