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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 program allows 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 or by calling 313-577-4409.

Program Requirements

The coursework consists of a total of 12 credits, including from a selection of introductory (one required), advanced (2 required) and biopsychosocial (1 required) courses in the order specified and two required courses in the order specified.

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.

Foundation Courses (Select One)3
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Physical and Social Functioning (Offered all three terms)
Advanced Courses (Select Two)6
Health Disparities and Substance Use (Offered Spring/Summer)
Interpersonal Practice in Substance Abuse (Offered Fall, Winter)
Directed Study (Arranged)
Biopsychosocial Courses (Select One)3
Drugs of Abuse (Offered Winter)
Drugs and the Addictive Process (Offered Fall)
Biomedical Components of Substance Use and Addiction (Offered Winter)
Total Credits12
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