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Make a Lasting Impact with a Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.

Are you looking to advance your career and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those struggling with substance use disorders? Our Substance Abuse Counseling graduate certificate program may be the perfect fit, providing the specialized knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in this rewarding field. Through a combination of coursework and hands-on experience, you'll develop a deep understanding of addiction, evidence-based treatment approaches, and effective counseling techniques to support individuals on their path to recovery.

Take the first step towards a more fulfilling career in this high-demand area and discover how you can make a lasting impact.

Why UW-Whitewater?

  • Hands-on, clinical experience
  • Program allows you to successfully balance both school and work
  • Affordable tuition

Substance Abuse Counseling - Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling is a 9-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year.

For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

To qualify for admission to the certificate program, you must meet graduate admission criteria.

Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a contingent basis.

International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

This program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $560.56 USD per credit as a resident and $1,148.55 USD per credit as a non-resident for the 2023-24 academic year. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

Financial aid

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out if you qualify, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try or 262-472-1130.

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Like to learn more about degree options through UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies? There are a few ways you can get the information you need. Visit our information sessions website to select a virtual information session related to the program you are interested in. You can also fill out a request for information to connect with an advisor who can discuss your goals and help guide you to the right program to pursue your dreams.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers an excellent opportunity to leverage your existing certificate coursework. Transfer up to 12-credits of your certificate coursework towards the master's degree, saving you time and money.

Check out our Master's programs.

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