2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Substance Abuse Counseling Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

With annual tuitions under $24,000, these 24 online colleges offer the most affordable master's in substance abuse counseling programs. Fort Valley State University, ranked #1, offers an online Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management for only $5,694 per year. Ranked #2, Aspen University offers a M.A. in Psychology and Addiction Counseling at a tuition rate of $5,850 annually. Classes for this program include Advanced Counseling Skills, Drug Enforcement, and Neurobiology of Addiction.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in substance abuse counseling degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Fort Valley State University $5,694
# 2 #2 Aspen University $5,850
# 3 #3 University of South Dakota $8,384
# 4 #4 Washburn University $9,522
# 5 #5 Ottawa University Online $9,525
# 6 #6 Morehead State University $10,260
# 7 #7 New Mexico Highlands University $10,500
# 8 #8 Governors State University $11,296
# 9 #9 Liberty University $11,300
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Union College - KY $12,000
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) University of the Cumberlands $12,000
# 12 #12 Cornerstone University $13,110
# 13 #13 Drexel University $13,156
# 14 #14 Capella University $13,440
# 15 #15 Purdue University Global $13,860
# 16 #16 Winston-Salem State University $14,398
# 17 #17 Crown College $15,120
# 18 #18 University of Massachusetts-Boston $17,250
# 19 #19 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus $17,821
# 20 #20 Regent University Online $17,850
# 21 #21 Nova Southeastern University $18,960
# 22 #22 Adler Graduate School $19,168
# 23 #23 University of Louisville $22,920
# 24 #24 Texas Southern University $23,337
#1
#1

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley (GA)
Annual Tuition: $5,694
Annual Tuition: $5,694
Annual Tuition: $5,694
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Average SATs: 850 -960
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 40
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 68
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 825-6211

Example Classes: Advanced Career Counseling, Clinical Supervision, Counseling Theories and Processes, Cultural Diversity in Counseling, Fundamentals of Research, Lifespan Development in Rehabilitation, Medical Case Management, Practicum in Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Assessment & Evaluation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
#2
#2

Aspen University

Denver (CO)
Annual Tuition: $5,850
Annual Tuition: $5,850
Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 0%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,413
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,356
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (303) 333-4224

Example Classes: Advanced Counseling Skills, Drug Enforcement, Neurobiology of Addiction

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Psychology and Addiction Studies
#3
#3

University of South Dakota

Vermillion (SD)
Annual Tuition: $8,384
Annual Tuition: $8,384
Annual Tuition: $8,384
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 658-6200

Example Classes: Addiction Professional Supervision, Alcohol & Drug Continuum

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling and Prevention (Advanced Track)
  • Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling and Prevention (Standard Track)
  • Master of Science in Administration - Addiction Studies
#4
#4

Washburn University

Topeka (KS)
Annual Tuition: $9,522
Annual Tuition: $9,522
Annual Tuition: $9,522
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 474
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 199
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 670-1010

Example Classes: Addiction and Recovery Services, Advanced Pharmacology/Substance Use Disorders, Diagnosis Substance Use Disorders, Integrative Approaches Dual Disorders

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Family & Human Services/Addiction Counseling
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $9,525
Annual Tuition: $9,525
Annual Tuition: $9,525
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 205
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 56
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 242-5200

Example Classes: Appraisal, Assessment, and Treatment Planning In Addictions Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapies, Fundamentals of Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation, Psychological Testing

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Addiction Counseling
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $10,260
Annual Tuition: $10,260
Annual Tuition: $10,260
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 948 -1223
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 724
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 587
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 783-2000

Example Classes: Alcohol, Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Approaches to Chemical Dependency Treatment II, Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Sociology - Chemical Dependency
  • Master of Public Administration - Counseling Addiction Services Management
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 428
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 392
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 425-7511

Example Classes:

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Education - Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Education - Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling - Vocational Evaluation
#8
#8

Governors State University

University Park (IL)
Annual Tuition: $11,296
Annual Tuition: $11,296
Annual Tuition: $11,296
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 840 -1030
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 729
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 297
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (708) 534-5000

Example Classes: Etiology and Epidemiology of Substance Abuse, Families, Counseling Approaches, and Addiction, Psychopathology and Coexisting Disorders

Online Master's Degrees

  • MHS in Addictions Studies
#9
#9

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,300
Annual Tuition: $11,300
Annual Tuition: $11,300
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Addiction & the Recovery Process, Biological Aspects of Addiction & Recovery, Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addiction, Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling, Group Counseling, Healthy Sexuality, Multicultural Counseling, Treatment & the Recovery Process

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA: Addictions Counseling
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Addictions & Recovery
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Addictions & Recovery
#10
#10

Union College - KY

Barbourville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 153
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 546-4151

Example Classes: Advanced Forensic Psychology, Biological Systems of Chem. Dep, Multicultural & Diversity Issues, Recovery and Relapse

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling
#10
#10

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,640
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,852
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

Example Classes: Etiology & Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior, Etiology and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders, Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment, Lifestyle and Career Development, Motivation and Change, Psychological Assessment in Clinical Practice, Psychopharmacology & Addictions, Spirituality & Values in Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling
#12
#12

Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids (MI)
Annual Tuition: $13,110
Annual Tuition: $13,110
Annual Tuition: $13,110
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (616) 949-5300

Example Classes: Addictions Counseling: Treatment & Intervention, Clinical Diagnostic Assessment of Addictions, Sociology of Addictions

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addictions Counseling
#13
#13

Drexel University

Philadelphia (PA)
Annual Tuition: $13,156
Annual Tuition: $13,156
Annual Tuition: $13,156
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,492
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,697
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (215) 895-2000

Example Classes: Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling, Preventing Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations, Trauma and Families

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Addictions Counseling
#14
#14

Capella University

Minneapolis (MN)
Annual Tuition: $13,440
Annual Tuition: $13,440
Annual Tuition: $13,440
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,503
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 27,356
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 227-3552

Example Classes: Foundations and Current Issues in Addiction Treatment, Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS - Addiction Studies
#15
#15

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis (IN)
Annual Tuition: $13,860
Annual Tuition: $13,860
Annual Tuition: $13,860
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,447
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (317) 208-5311

Example Classes: Chemical and Psychological Dependency Counseling, Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatments, Ethics for Addictions Professionals

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Psychology - Addictions
#16
#16

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem (NC)
Annual Tuition: $14,398
Annual Tuition: $14,398
Annual Tuition: $14,398
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1030
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 539
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 155
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (336) 750-2000

Example Classes: Family Collaboration/Intervention, Psychopathology and Treatment in Rehabilitation, Psychopharmacology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
#17
#17

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius (MN)
Annual Tuition: $15,120
Annual Tuition: $15,120
Annual Tuition: $15,120
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 601
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 362
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (952) 446-4100

Example Classes: Alcohol and Drug Case Management, Assessment and Treatment Planning for Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Psychopharmacology for Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Counseling - Alcohol and Drug Counseling
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $17,250
Annual Tuition: $17,250
Annual Tuition: $17,250
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 529
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (617) 287-5000

Example Classes: Substance Abuse and the Family, Substance Abuse in Counseling Practice, Trauma and Crisis Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Rehabilitation Counseling
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $17,821
Annual Tuition: $17,821
Annual Tuition: $17,821
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 868
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,745
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (405) 325-0311

Example Classes: Cultures of Organizations, Drugs and the Brain, Ethics in HHSA, Foundations in Prevention Science, Leadership Issues in Decision Making, Organizational Communications, Prevention Across the Lifespan, Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Prevention Science
#20
#20

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $17,850
Annual Tuition: $17,850
Annual Tuition: $17,850
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,146
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

Example Classes: Addiction Intervention, Addictive Behaviors & Substance Abuse, Process Addictions

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Human Services - Addictions Counseling
  • M.S. in Psychology - Addictions
#21
#21

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale (FL)
Annual Tuition: $18,960
Annual Tuition: $18,960
Annual Tuition: $18,960
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 292
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,532
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (954) 262-7300

Example Classes: Issues in Clinical Supervision, Prevention Programming and Education, Psychopharmacology of Illicit and Licit Drugs, Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS - Counseling - Substance Abuse Counseling
  • MS - Counseling - Substance Abuse Counseling and Education
#22
#22

Adler Graduate School

Richfield (MN)
Annual Tuition: $19,168
Annual Tuition: $19,168
Annual Tuition: $19,168
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 85
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (612) 861-7554

Example Classes: Adv Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills, Advanced Seminar in Counseling: Human Sexuality, Best Practices in Co-Occurring Disorders

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy - Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling
#23
#23

University of Louisville

Louisville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $22,920
Annual Tuition: $22,920
Annual Tuition: $22,920
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 460
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (502) 852-5555

Example Classes: Motivation and Change: The Process of Change and Strategies to Elicit Intrinsic Motivation, Special Issues in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Social Work - Alcohol & Drug Counseling
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $23,337
Annual Tuition: $23,337
Annual Tuition: $23,337
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 840 -1000
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 260
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 333
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (713) 313-7011

Example Classes: Crisis Intervention, Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling, Group Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Counseling - Rehabilitation Counseling

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