2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog

Addiction Studies, CAS


Dessa Bergen-Cico, Coordinator Addiction Studies Programs in Public Health
444C White Hall

Program Description

The Addiction Studies Certificate of Advanced Study is a 12-credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with core knowledge and skills pertinent to addictive behaviors.


This program is open to all enrolled Syracuse University graduate students. Students concurrently enrolled in a Syracuse University graduate program apply to the program using the internal admission process. Applicants who are not currently Syracuse University graduate students, submit a formal application to Syracuse University. Admissions requirements for this program independent of an SU graduate program include a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA, b) undergraduate transcripts, c) one letter of recommendation, d) a resume, and e) personal statement.

Eligibility requirement: To be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), a student must be matriculated in the certificate program for at least one semester.  Matriculation may not be backdated.

Part-Time Study

Program is pursued on a part-time basis and may be completed over two semesters.

Transfer credit

Transfer credit is not accepted for this program.

Financial Support

Students enrolled only in a CAS program are not eligible for department financial aid.  Additional information regarding loan availability for CAS programs can be found at: https://falk.syr.edu/admissions/graduate/financial-aid/

Satisfactory Progress

Graduate students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.8 overall, with 3.0 in their program requirements, to qualify for graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the neurobiological effects of psychoactive substances on individuals

2. Understand addictive behaviors in the context of public health and harm reduction

3. Describe how policies, global contexts and culture affect substance use and mental health

Electives - choose two additional courses from the following - 6 credits