M.Sc. On Campus

Addiction Studies

Virginia Commonwealth University

12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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Virginia Commonwealth University, King’s College London and the University of Adelaide collaborate to offer students the opportunity to complete a fully online program of study to obtain a Master of Science in Addiction Studies conferred by all three universities.


Program goal

The mission of the Addiction Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University leading to a Master of Science in Addiction Studies degree is to offer students cross-cultural exposure to the critical prevention, treatment, research and policy issues facing the field. Through a collaboration arrangement including VCU, King’s College London and the University of Adelaide in Australia, students complete a program of study using distance-learning technologies to obtain the degree. The program is designed to prepare students for local, national and international policy positions, prevention/treatment program management and other leadership positions in the addictions field. This program will speed the dissemination of the latest international addictions-related knowledge, especially to remote locations around the world, and help students compare international perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence-based policies within their own countries.

Students in the program will:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the field of addiction science (including comparative international policies and practices) to prepare them for leadership roles in a variety of settings (including addiction research, policy and treatment venues).
  • Be able to synthesize and apply addiction-related knowledge, including comparative international perspectives and approaches, to address key issues related to the advancement of addiction science.
  • Develop the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches which address key questions in addiction science.
  • Communicate both core knowledge of addiction as well as experimental design, result and interpretation in a variety of formats.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Biological Basis of Addiction
  • Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions
  • Public Health Issues and Approaches to Addictions
  • Addiction Policy
  • Treatment of Addiction: Pharmacotherapies
  • Treatment of Addiction: Critical Issues
  • Research Methodology in Addictions
  • Research Project in Addictions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
    • Academic documentation
    • Proof of English proficiency
    • Additional academic requirements and regulations
    • Foreign transcripts
    • Financial certification
    • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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