M.S. in Addiction Studies
ADVANCED STANDING POLICY
Individuals with demonstrated competency in substance use disorder counseling evidenced by exemplary performance in relevant undergraduate coursework and field placements, as explained below, may apply for Advanced Standing.
WCSU Internal Candidates
The WCSU Psychology Department provides a sequence of 4 courses (16 credits) as preparation for acquiring a CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification). Students who have completed at least three courses of this sequence at WCSU and a relevant field placement are eligible to apply for admission with Advanced Standing to the M.S in Addiction Studies program. Criteria for eligibility are:
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Completion of at least three of the four courses in the WCSU Substance Use Counseling sequence (three of: PSY 392, PSY 393, PSY 394, PSY 395) with a grade of B or higher in each course
- Completed a field placement through PSY 306, or PSY 439, or the equivalent as determined by the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee, e.g. prior work experience in the substance use disorders field
Applicants to the MS program who have completed a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) program at a Connecticut Community College, such as Manchester Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, or Gateway Community college, are also encouraged to apply for Advanced Standing recognition. The DARC program is accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). In addition to the 30-credit DARC curriculum, candidates must have completed an internship in their DARC program and have a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Advanced Standing Process
Applications for Advanced Standing should be submitted to the Psychology Graduate Coordinator, Shane Murphy, Ph.D.
Students admitted with Advanced Standing will complete 30-31 credits for the M.S. in Addiction Studies. Their course of study will be determined with their graduate advisor according to their individual skills, training, and expertise. A Program Sheet signed by the student specifies all 30-31 credits that must be completed for the degree.
MS Addiction Studies Advanced Standing Application External Candidates
MS Addiction Studies Advanced Standing Application (WCSU candidates)