Which will you pick

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science
    (Addiction Studies major)
  • Certificate in Addiction Studies (for those who already have a bachelor's degree)

Minor

  • Addiction Studies

Graduate Programs

  • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies (for those who already have a master's degree)

Be a Catalyst for Change

Whether you are just starting to explore your career choices or you need advanced education, University of Detroit Mercy's addiction studies program offers undergraduate and graduate options to guide you along your career path.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in addiction studies provides enhanced undergraduate experience to individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree in counseling, clinical psychology or social work, while providing the fundamental academic curriculum to prepare you to work in the substance abuse field. 

In addition to the undergraduate degree program that offers a major or a minor in addiction studies, a post-degree certificate in addiction studies is an opportunity if you already have a bachelor's degree. A graduate certificate is an option if you already possess a master's degree in a related field and are seeking advanced clinically-focused academic work in the treatment of addiction.

 
 

Internships

Internship placements are an important part of University of Detroit Mercy's addiction studies curriculum. Internships provide you with an opportunity to apply what has been learned in the classroom to real-world settings. This begins your professional development, in addition to providing the occasion to develop your own style and approach to helping others in preparation for employment after graduation. Placements include hospitals, residential programs, family counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers.

Internship Sites

More than 30 addiction prevention, referral and treatment agencies throughout Southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario are affiliated with University of Detroit Mercy for field placements in Addiction Studies.



Careers

A majority of addiction studies graduates become employed in the addiction treatment field and/or are accepted into graduate school immediately following graduation.

While the focus of the program is addiction and behavioral disorder treatment, many graduates often become employed as prevention specialists and drug educators.

According to the 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for substance abuse professionals jobs are "projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations." 

The median income for substance abuse professionals with a Bachelor's degree in 2014 was $39,000.

Bachelor of Science
with a Major in Addiction Studies

If you want to be a catalyst to help empower individuals who struggle with substance abuse and/or process-related disorders such as gambling and sexual addiction, a career in addiction studies deserves your attention. University of Detroit Mercy's Bachelor of Science with a major in addiction studies will provide you with the evidence-based methods for the knowledge and skills required to provide prevention, assessment, referral and treatment services for individuals and families who suffer from addictive disorders.

Through a strong background in the liberal arts, you will find ways to reach your clients who are struggling and work with many professions to help change the structures of society that support addictive behavior. As a good listener, clear writer, introspective and critical thinker, you advocate for your clients and programs and help the profession evolve.

You can conveniently pursue the bachelor's degree while attending part time or full time. Transfer and professional experiential credit will shorten the program. Courses are scheduled during the evening to accommodate work schedules.

In addition to the program being offered at University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols campus, the Bachelor of Science with a major in addiction studies is also offered at Macomb University Center in Clinton Township. Contact Donna Gormely at (586) 263-6232 or gormeldm@udmercy.edu for information at Macomb University Center.

Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Requirements for the Major
63-72 Credit Hours

Required Courses

ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies
3 credits
ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
3 credits
ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling 3 credits
ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy 3 credits
ADS 4430 Group Methods 3 credits
ADS 4440 Advanced Internship 3 credits
ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in
Treating Substance-Related-Disorders
3 credits
BIO 1080 The Science of Life 3 credits
PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PYC 2600 Social Psychology 3 credits
STA 2250 Statistics 3 credits
SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work -or-
CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 credits
3 electives 9 credits

Program Recommendation

For students planning to do graduate work in counseling or psychology, three additional electives are recommended:

PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality
3 credits
PYC 3430 Health Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4070 Biopsychology 3 credits

Click here for courses and admissions requirements from the University of Detroit Mercy catalog.

Post-Bachelor's Degree Certificate

If you have already attained a bachelor’s degree in a major (e.g., counseling, psychology or social work) related to the field of addiction studies, a post-degree certificate will arm you with 21-credit hours of additional information that will prepare you for entry-level positions in alcohol and drug treatment agencies. In addition, the certificate meets the minimum educational requirements to initiate a development plan (for the CADC) with the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).

Certificate Requirements
21 Credit Hours

Required courses

ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies
3 credits
ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
3 credits
ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling 3 credits
ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy 3 credits
2 electives from select courses
6 credits
clinical component 3 credits

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Addiction Studies Minor

An addiction studies minor is an excellent option if you:

  • Are majoring in one of the helping professions, such as psychology or social work and hope to improve your employment options without a graduate degree by adding expertise in the field of addiction studies; or
  • Are pursuing a degree in an area somewhat removed from the helping professions, such as health services administration, where knowledge and expertise in addictions and recovery is a helpful adjunct.

This minor complements the education and professional training from your major and prepares you to work effectively with individuals who are adversely affected by addictive disorders.

Addiction Counseling Certification
The State of Michigan sponsors the Certified Addictions Counselor credential (CAC). It is strongly recommended in this state and many others that any professional who counsels chemically dependent clients have this certification. The minor in addiction studies provides all the educational and internship hours required for the CAC, should you choose to apply for it. Additional requirements (examination and clinical hours) are your responsibility.

Minor Requirements
21 Credit Hours

Required Courses

ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies
3 credits
ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
3 credits
ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling 3 credits
ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy 3 credits
2 electives from select courses 6 credits
1 clinical component 3 credits

Click here for courses and admission requirements in the University of Detroit Mercy catalog.

Graduate Certificate

If you already possess your master's degree in a related discipline but want to further specialize in the field of addiction, the post-graduate certificate in addition studies is one of University of Detroit Mercy’s unique certificate programs.

Typically, individuals with a master’s degree in clinical psychology, counseling, social work or nursing pursue the certificate; however, individuals with a master’s degree in other major disciplines (e.g., criminal justice, health administration) may also be interested. The 18-credit-hour post-graduate certificate in addiction studies requires approximately one year to complete.

State Certification
The post-graduate certificate in addiction studies fulfills the academic and internship requirements for the certified advanced addictions counselor (CAAC) credential authorized by the State of Michigan. The CAAC is compulsory for professionals who specialize in the clinical treatment of substance use.

Graduate Certificate Requirements
18 Credit Hours

Required Courses

ADS 5090 Drugs and Behavior 3 credits
ADS 5110 Theories of Addiction 3 credits
ADS 5120 Recovery Processes 3 credits
2 electives from selected courses 6 credits
1 applied component course 3 credits

Click here for information on courses and admission from the University of Detroit Mercy catalog.

2014-2015 Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship

CAS scholarship winner

Latesha Powell, addiction studies major, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship. The annual scholarship was made possible by a generous donation gifted to the Addiction Studies program. The endowed scholarship provides $5,000 annually in tuition remission to an addiction studies major during his/her sophomore or junior year. As a competitive need-based scholarship program, the scholarship provides significant financial assistance to students pursuing a degree in addiction studies. Pictured from left: Nancy Calleja, Ph.D., department chair; Latesha Powell, awardee; and Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., program director.

2014-15 Addiction Studies Honors Recipient - Sage Award

Jennifer Daugherty is the recipient of the 2014-15 Sage Award given to the addiction studies major based on cumulative grade point average. Daugherty was formally presented with her award by Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., director of addiction studies, at the Honors Convocation held at Gesu church in March 2015. 

Need More Information BEFORE You Apply?

If you would like more information about the degree, minor and certificate options for addiction studies, please contact:


Program Director:  Daniel Duryea, Ph.D., CRC, CADC
Reno Hall, Room 242
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0413
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: duryeadg@udmercy.edu

Department Chair: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC

Are You Ready to Apply?

To apply, please go to the UDM Admissions page:

http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/index.htm

Because our apply page needs to accommodate all of our applicants in the disciplines that University of Detroit Mercy offers, it may seem a bit confusing at first. To help you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to communicate with an admissions counselor by phone at 800-635-5020 or by email at admissions@udmercy.edu.