A listing of the top 20 online master's degree programs in addiction and behavioral counseling that offer the best value has been compiled by BestMedicalDegrees.com.
Using the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited online master programs as a starting point, programs were ranked using accreditation, cost and length of program.
The following schools were included:
Cambridge University, Cambridge, MA
Governors State University, University Park, IL
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Online@VCU, Richmond, VA
Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Post University, Waterbury, CT
Assumption College, Worchester, MA
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
California Southern University, Irvine, CA
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Aspen University, Denver, CO
Kaplan University, Chicago, IL
A full ranking can be viewed here.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for qualified substance abuse and behavioral counselors will rise by 31% over the next 10 years as more people gain access to mental and behavioral healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.