UF’s online Addiction and Recovery graduate certificate program empowers individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field to gain specialized knowledge in the treatment of substance use disorders, formerly called substance abuse. Students will have the opportunity to learn from national and international addiction experts as they take a significant step toward becoming a substance use disorder counselor (substance abuse counselor) by fulfilling educational requirements needed to pursue addiction counselor certifications offered by several external boards.

Graduate Certificate

The 18-credit graduate certificate can be completed in as little as one year, if desired. The curriculum is well suited to professionals currently working or pursuing careers as:

  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Professionals in a range of other fields such as education, law, business, law enforcement and religious-based service

Learn more about our graduate certificate program.


Individuals who are not ready to pursue the graduate certificate have the option to apply as a non-degree seeking student, which allows them to sample courses from the certificate program without being formally admitted to it. This is an excellent way to strengthen skills in specified topics and ease into the online graduate learning experience. Students will be able to transfer these non-degree credits to the graduate certificate later, if they earn a grade of at least a “B” and apply for and gain admission to the program.

Learn more about our non-degree option.