Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (Graduate Certificate)

The Wayne State University Certificate in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (CADAS) is designed to provide advanced students in education, health and human services with an integrated, learning experience that includes biological, psychological, social, cultural, and public health perspectives. The breadth and scope of the proposed program will allow students to accomplish their own specific objectives within a multidisciplinary context. The program attracts professionals currently working in social services, mental health, nursing, public health, education, and criminal justice who realize the need for the additional training and credentials. Adding the CADAS certificate to existing educational and /or work experience is likely to enhance an individual's career opportunities and options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admissions standards of the Graduate School and the School of Social Work. Eligibility for admission to the Graduate Certificate is limited to those holding a graduate degree from an accredited educational institution or actively pursuing a graduate degree at Wayne State University. There is a three-year time limit in which to meet certificate program requirements.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and students may begin the program during any semester. Application forms may be obtained by sending an email to the CADAS program advisor at cadas_cert@lists.wayne.edu or by calling 313-577-4409.

Candidates must successfully complete twelve credits of approved courses for the CADAS program, including (in the order specified below) at least two introductory courses and two required courses.

During the personal interview the student and the advisor for the certificate program will develop the Plan of Work for coursework based on the student's background, areas of concentration, and career goals. Most students enroll in one or two courses per term. Courses are offered by departments throughout the University and most are offered at least once per year. Up to nine of the twelve credits may be applied to both the certificate and a graduate degree, subject to approval of the relevant academic department and the certificate program coordinator.

If the student has already completed a master's degree, the certificate is awarded when the student has met all the certificate requirements. If the student is earning the certificate concurrently with a master's degree, the certificate is awarded when all the requirements of the certificate and the degree have been met.

Introductory Courses (at least two)6
Offered all three terms. At least two of these need to be completed sequentially
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Social Services for Older Adults (Online Course)
Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Physical and Social Functioning
Required Courses
Offered only in the Fall Term
PHC 6500Drugs and the Addictive Process3
SW 8690Interpersonal Practice in Substance Abuse3
Total Credits12