2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Addiction Studies, CAS

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Dessa Bergen-Cico, Coordinator Addiction Studies Programs in Public Health
444C White Hall

Core Faculty

Dessa Bergen-Cico, James Byrne, Ignatius Ijere


Judi Emmi, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Office Coordinator


The 24-credit hour Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Addiction Studies provides an intensive concentration of coursework on the biology, psychology and cross-cultural sociology of addictions for students enrolled in these Syracuse University graduate programs:

  • M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education)
  • Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education)
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College)
  • M.S.W. Social Work (Falk College)

The CAS in Addiction Studies addresses one of society’s major problems and helps students develop core competencies in preparation for employment in a number of fields dealing with substance abuse, gambling, and related behavioral addictions. Students are exposed to evidence-based practices and may subsequently apply their courses toward their professional fields to expand employment and placement opportunities.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are one of the fastest-growing fields of practice today.

Upon completion of the program, students meet the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) education training requirements as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (CASAC-T); and be eligible to sit for the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) exam.  OASAS requires supervised post-graduate work experience before full certification is awarded. Students seeking credentialing in states other than New York must contact the specific credentialing office for that state.


Internal applications only accepted from the following SU programs: M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (School of Education); Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education (School of Education); M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (Falk College); M.S.W. Social Work (Falk College).  Requirements include matriculated status in one of the Syracuse University graduate programs named above, official transcript, personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation (one of which must be an academic references; the other may be a professional reference)
Eligibility requirement: To be awarded a CAS, a student must be matriculated in the certificate program for at least one semester.  Matriculation may not be backdated.

Part-Time Study

Part-time study is acceptable; however, time to degree completion depends on available course offerings and number of courses enrolled. Time limit to degree completion is 7 years.

Financial Support

Students only enrolled in a CAS program are not eligible for department financial aid.  Additional information regarding loan availability for CAS programs can be found at  https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/  

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our CAS graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Syracuse University Gainful Employment Disclosure page (https://www.syracuse.edu/about/consumer-information/gainful-employment/) and click the title of the CAS.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examinations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a CAS.


CAS, 24 credits

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

1. Assess the biological, behavioral, psychological, and social effects of psychoactive substances on individuals, their significant others, and their communities.

2. Apply knowledge, ethics, and skills required for working in addiction treatment and prevention.

3. Examine addictions in the context of public health and harm reduction.

4. Assess the potential for substance-use disorders and addictive behaviors to co-exist with mental health conditions.

5. Utilize cognitive and behavioral strategies in individual and group contexts.

6. Utilize epidemiological data to assess needs, and identify risk and protective factors to support culturally relevant drug prevention and education.

7. Demonstrate proficiency in clinical assessment treatment and after care programs tailored to individuals with substance use disorders and addictive behaviors.

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Satisfactory Progress

Certification for an advanced degree at Syracuse University requires a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree and a 2.8 average for all credits earned.

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