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

The Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (CADAS) provides advanced students with an interdisciplinary learning experience that examines biological, psychological, social, cultural, and public health perspectives on substance use. The program is designed for graduate students and professionals currently working in social work, nursing, public health, education, criminal justice, and related fields who realize the need for the specialized training on substance use and addictions. Adding the CADAS certificate to existing educational and/or work experience is likely to enhance an individual's career opportunities. For students interested in becoming a certified alcohol and drug counselor or prevention specialist, the CADAS coursework will help meet the education requirements of the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals.

ADMISSION: 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.

Applicants must meet the admissions standards of the Graduate School.  There is a three-year time limit in which to meet certificate program requirements.

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Program Requirements

To earn the CADAS certificate, the student must successfully complete 12 credits of approved courses for the certificate program. 

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.

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. 

Students will work with their advisor to develop a plan for their coursework based on their background and career goals. Most students enroll in one or two courses per term. Courses are offered by several departments throughout the University and most are offered at least once per year. 

For students that have already completed a master's degree, the certificate is awarded when they have met all the requirements. For students earning the certificate concurrently with a master's or graduate 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.  Please apply here Graduate Admissions application. Once you apply please make an appointment with Lawrence Robinson, to complete your advising form.



For questions regarding the CADAS certificate, contact the CADAS Coordinator Stella Resko, PhD at or Lawrence Robinson, Program Advisor, at