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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Program Requirements

To earn the Graduate Gerontology Certificate, the student must successfully complete 12 credits of approved courses for the Certificate Program. Up to nine of the 12 credits may be applied to both the Certificate and the graduate degree, subject to approval of the relevant academic department and the certificate program coordinator. 

Candidates must successfully complete twelve credits of approved courses for the CADAS program. 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 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. 

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, Uma Sudarshan, via email at or by calling 313-577- 4409.



For questions regarding the CADAS certificate contact Adivsor Uma Sudarshan at or Coordinator Stella Resko, PhD at 

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