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Certificate in Addiction and Addictive Behavior

The Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Addictive Behavior was developed to provide students with general fundamentals in basic research, pharmacology, and pathology as they relate to drug use and abuse and other impulsive and compulsive behaviors. Following these introductions to the fundamentals in these areas, students will have the opportunity to apply this background to individual projects through independent readings, research and/or internships. These academic and practical experiences should give students an understanding of addictive behaviors, their etiology, underlying bases and possible therapeutic interventions.


Admission to the Program

Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants must fill out an application and submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Office. International students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (250 on the computer version). Students admitted to the MA in psychology automatically qualify for the certificate upon completion of its course requirements.


Certificate Requirements

  • 18 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program course are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded the certificate.
  • Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer).
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.

Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

  • PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3)
  • PSYC-550 Psychological Research (3) or PSYC-633 Psychological Assessment (3)
  • PSYC-551 Psychopathology: Theory and Research (3)
  • PSYC-555 Improving Human Services (3)
  • PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3) or PSYC-598 Seminar in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience (3)
  • PSYC-690 Independent Study (3) or PSYC-698 Directed Research