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Addiction Studies

Virginia Commonwealth University

12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The Addiction Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University is designed to develop professionals who are fully prepared to assume leadership roles in the addictions field.

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About the Program

The Addiction Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University provides students with an advanced educational experience covering scientific methodology, the latest treatment recommendations, public health issues such as global burden and prevention findings, and addictions policy. Leading authorities in each of these subject areas provide online lectures. The firm scientific grounding of the programme covering a range of areas from basic science to policy makes it appropriate for recent graduates and professionals working in addiction-related fields such as mental health / substance abuse, counseling, healthcare and addiction prevention and policy.

The Master’s programme requires 36 credits including an analytic research project.  Research projects encompass activities such as secondary data analysis or meta-analyses. Full-time (12-month) or part-time (24-month) programme options are available with classes running consecutively from August to July. Students who complete the Master’s programme will receive a diploma conferred by all three partner universities.

Graduates of the programme will:

  • Develop 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 skills in communicating both core knowledge of addiction as well as experimental design, result, and interpretation in a variety of formats.
  • Think critically about issues and controversies in the field of addiction treatment and policy.
  • Be able to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches, which address key questions in addiction science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Health Issues and Approaches to Addiction
  • Treatment of Addiction:  Critical Issues
  • Addiction Policy
  • Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions
  • Biological Basis of Addiction
  • Research Methods in Addiction

Key information


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

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • US students should have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study.  Students from outside the US must have qualified for an honors degree (level 2A or 1) or professional bachelor degree in an appropriate field of study at a recognized tertiary institution, or have a bachelor’s degree plus at least five years’ related professional work experience
  • Students must have a high level of proficiency in English, demonstrated by completion of a university qualification study in the English language, or by meeting one of the following English language requirements: an IELTS score of 7.0, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 250 (computer based).
  • Students must have good academic references
  • Students must have access to reliable internet and be computer literate

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
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