WCSU Returns to Normal, Reopening Information and Covid-19 Updates

Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Psychology Department

M.S. in Addiction Studies Graduate Program


APPLICATIONS for the Fall 2021 class are now open! Both full-time and part-time tracks are available. Your application will be reviewed when it is received. The deadline for applications for the M.S. in Addiction Studies Program is March 30, 2021.

Selected candidates are invited for interviews on a regular basis. The program actively recruits students who represent a variety of cultures, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Applications can be completed online at https://www.wcsu.edu/graduate/application/.  NOTE: Please email Dr. Shane Murphy at murphys@wcsu.edu if you are interested in applying. 

For information, call the Addiction Studies program at (203) 837-8459. Please allow some time for our response.


HRSA Grant Awarded to WCSU MS in Addiction Studies to support internships

The M.S. in Addiction Studies has been awarded a major HRSA Grant to support student placements at integrated care sites for opioid treatment and prevention. Read more details here.

For more information on the M.S graduate program in Psychology, listen to Graduate Coordinator Shane Murphy interviewed on WSCU’s 411 Podcast series here.


Program Overview

The WCSU M.S. in Addiction Studies gives students the skills to understand the development and maintenance of substance use disorders and related problems and the effective behavioral change interventions to treat them. Graduates will be able to develop and implement individual treatment plans, lead effective group counseling, counsel clients with substance use disorders and related problems, understand current research and practice in the psychopharmacology of addiction and medication assisted treatment, and work with families and community agencies to implement behavior change and develop effective prevention programs. Graduates will be given the preparation needed to be community leaders in substance use disorders treatment and prevention.

A copy of our program brochure is available:  WCSU Program Brochure


Certification and Job Prospects


Clinical Faculty


Admission Requirements


Degree Requirements


Internship Sites


Course Descriptions


Frequently Asked Questions