Psychology Department

M.S. in Addiction Studies Graduate Program


Applications for the M.S. in Addiction Studies Program for Spring and Fall 2024 are open! 


Students may start in either the Fall or Spring semester. Applications can be completed online at  NOTE: Please email the Program Coordinator, Dr. Mary Murphy, at if you are interested in more information about applying. 

Selected candidates are invited for interviews. The program actively recruits students who represent a variety of cultures, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students accepted into the program are guaranteed a place for Spring 2024 if accepted before December 31, 2023. Applications are accepted after that date on a rolling basis until all places in the program are filled.

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

Hear from Dr. Shane Murphy, discussing the WCSU M.S. in Addiction Studies program on the Connecticut Certification Board Scope of Practice podcast





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.

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.


Fast Facts about the program!


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Advanced Standing Option

WCSU Psychology majors who complete three undergraduate courses in Substance Use Counseling (out of PSY 392, 393, 394, 395) and who complete an undergraduate internship can apply for Advanced Standing and complete the program in 30-31 credits rather than 37. Read about the Advanced Standing Program here.