Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Psychology Department

M.S. in Addiction Studies

The M.S. in Addiction Studies now accepting student applications for courses beginning fall, 2019. (Rolling admissions until the semester begins)

The Psychology Department welcome the M.S. class of 2020.  Our students so far include:

  • Carole Allers
  • Chauncey Allers
  • Taylor Cassidy
  • Taylor McCafferty
  • Howie Senior
  • Jeffrey Chervenak
  • Mary Espinosa
  • Yvette Vargas
  • Christopher Zahor
  • Brett Miller
  • Joseph Tamberelli

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.


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Our mission is to develop professionals with the knowledge and values to be career-long learners, and effective and ethical providers in the treatment of addiction. We serve the state of Connecticut by providing the highest quality training in best practices for treating and preventing substance use disorders through integrated behavioral health services with a focus on treatment and recovery in high need and high demand areas.

Our core objectives are to:

  • Provide the highest quality training in evidence-based interventions.
  • Increase the number and diversity of professionals in the addiction prevention and therapy field.
  • Provide community-based outreach education in prevention and treatment of problems associated with alcohol, opioids, cannabis, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Prepare our graduates to obtain Connecticut licensure as alcohol and drug counselors (LADC).

Our special strengths are:

  • Preparing graduates to effectively work with underserved populations
  • Providing training in diverse settings, with diverse populations
  • A focus on integrated behavioral health services
  • Training leaders who can become effective advocates in their local and state community for the cost-effective treatment and prevention of substance use disorders such as alcohol and opioid use disorder
  • A non-stigmatizing, harm reduction, biopsychosocial approach to treatment of SUDs in the context of overall health and well-being


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