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Addiction Studies, Master of Science (M.S.)

Loos, Dr. Mary
Graduate Program Director
(804) 828-8019

Admission requirements summary

Addiction Studies, Master of Science (M.S.)

of entry:


Jul 1

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Special requirements:
Applicant’s must have qualified in a related discipline for an honors degree (level 2A or 1) or a bachelor’s degree from a recognized tertiary institution in the U.S. Any applicant who does not meet this criterion should have (in addition to an honors or bachelor’s degree) significant professional work experience and approval of the program committee. Additionally, applicants must have a high level of proficiency in English, demonstrated by completion of a university qualification studied in the English language, or by meeting one of the following English language requirements: an IELTS score of 7.0, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 260 (computer-based), or grade C or above in GCSE English.

Through a collaborative program between VCU, King’s College London and the University of Adelaide in Australia, students complete a program of study using distance-learning technologies to obtain a Master of Science in Addiction Studies (M.S.) degree. The program is designed to prepare students for local, national and international policy positions; prevention/treatment program management; and other leadership positions in the addictions field.

Prospective students will find application materials on the VCU IPAS website. Application forms, reference letters and official university transcripts should be sent to the VCU program director, Mary Loos, Ph.D., as instructed on the website. Once accepted, students are enrolled in all three universities and have access to the resources associated with all three schools. No on-campus classroom time is required to complete the degree.

Students are required to successfully complete 36 credit hours, which can be done either full time (12 months) or part time (24 months). Six of the required credits are assigned to a final research project examining a relevant addictions-related topic. VCU, King’s College London and the University of Adelaide confer degrees jointly through a single diploma.

Student learning outcomes



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