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Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (CADAS)

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: Applicants must meet the admissions standards of the Graduate School. Eligibility for admission to the Graduate Certificate is limited to those holding a graduate degree from an accredited educational institution or actively pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree at Wayne State University. 

There is a three-year time limit in which to meet certificate program requirements.

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Candidates must successfully complete twelve credits of approved courses for the CADAS program. The coursework consists of a total of 12 credits, including at least two courses from a selection of introductory courses in the order specified and two required courses in the order specified.

During the personal interview the student and the adviser 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 by 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.

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Applications are accepted throughout the year and students may begin the program during any semester.  For questions regarding application forms contact the CADAS program advisor via email at cadas_cert@lists.wayne.edu or by calling 313-577- 4409.


CADAS Courses


SW 6540 -- Effects of Drugs & Alcohol on Social Functioning: Cr. 3 (F,W,Sp)

HE 5440 – Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Cr. 3 (F,W)


SW 8690 -- Interpersonal Practice in Substance Abuse: Cr. 3 (F, W)

PHC 6500 -- Drugs and the Addictive Process: Cr. 3 (F)

(F- fall term; W- winter term; Sp – Spring term)

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