Dessa Bergen-Cico, Coordinator Addiction Studies Program in Public Health
Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition
344 White Hall
Dessa Bergen-Cico, James Byrne, Ignatius Ijere
Judi Emmi, Administrative Assistant
Susan Scholl, Internship Coordinator
Melinda Stoffel, Office Coordinator
The 36-credit hour Master of Arts in Addiction Studies curriculum focuses on public health perspectives and evidence based practices that prepare students for employment in the field of alcohol, other drugs and behavioral (process) addictions across the continuum of prevention, treatment, and recovery.
The MA 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 CASAC exam. The program also meets NYS OASAS educational requirements for the Certified Prevention Professionals (CPP)/ Certified Prevention Specialists (CPS). OASAS requires supervised post-graduate work experience before full certification for either credential is awarded. Students seeking credentialing in states other than New York must contact the specific credentialing office for that state.
Requirements for this program include: undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL (for international applications), undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a resume and personal statement, and GRE scores. However, GRE’s are not required for students who have already completed a different advanced degree (e.g., MS, PhD, MD). An admissions committee consisting of full time faculty members who teach in the MA Addictions Studies program will consider requests for admission.
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.
Limited department financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarship credits for students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs. Financial aid is determined based on merit.
Additional information regarding graduate financial aid can be found at https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/
Students may transfer up to 9 credits. Substituted/transferred course work should cover material equivalent to that which is covered in the relevant required course. Substitution/transfer requests will need to be approved by the graduate committee for public health programs. All students are expected to file a tentative program of study in their second semester. Students transferring courses from another institution must file a program of study prior to completing 12 credits at Syracuse University.
MA, 36 credits