Students are required to take at least 39 credit hours, 18 of which are in core courses, and additional credits are required for the individual educational tracks — clinical or research. Students have access to unlimited electives from within the program and across other programs in the graduate school, as approved by course faculty.
Clinical MS Requirements
The clinical track is designed to prepare students to seek the Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) licensure upon completion and to practice as a clinical addictions specialist in the state of North Carolina.
Students must complete a minimum of 39 course credit hours, including core courses, a 150-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. Students are required to complete a written document that summarizes the internship.
Students in the clinical track may opt to complete a concentration in Neuroscience and Addictive Disorders. This concentration is met through a minimum of nine additional credits of course work in courses selected from Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology. The Neuroscience concentration will take at minimum an additional semester.
Our program is approved as a Criteria C Program by the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). This designation provides for earlier licensure eligibility as a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist after graduation, one year of postgraduate supervised substance abuse counseling experience and successful completion of the written examination administered by NCSAPPB.
Research MS Requirements
The research track is designed to prepare students for future health professional programs and PhD study or entrance to the workforce. Students complete a minimum of 39 course credit hours, including core courses and six credit hours of a research internship under an advisor. Students are required to complete a written document that summarizes the research.