Graduate program director
Mary E. Loos, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Department of Psychology
Program website: ipas.vcu.edu
Refer to the program search function of the online VCU Bulletins for a complete listing of all programs, concentrations and related curricular options.
Addiction Studies, Master of Science (M.S.)
|Special requirements: 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.|
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.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must:
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
The mission of the International Program in Addiction Studies leading to a Master of Science in Addiction Studies degree is to offer students cross-cultural exposure to the critical prevention, treatment, research and policy issues facing the field. Through a collaboration arrangement including VCU, King’s College London and the University of Adelaide in Australia, students complete a program of study using distance-learning technologies to obtain the 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. This program will speed the dissemination of the latest international addictions-related knowledge, especially to remote locations around the world, and help students compare international perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence-based policies within their own countries.
Students in the program will:
In addition to the general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, which can be done either full time (12 months) or part time (24 months). Six of the required credit hours 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.
|IPAS 600 The Biological Basis of Addiction||4|
|IPAS 601 Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions||4|
|IPAS 602 Public Health Issues and Approaches to Addiction||4|
|IPAS 603 Addiction Policy||4|
|IPAS 604 Treatment of Addiction: Pharmacotherapies||4|
|IPAS 605 Treatment of Addiction: Critical Issues||4|
|IPAS 606 Research Methodology in Addictions||6|
|IPAS 692 Research Project in Addictions||6|
|Total graduate credit hours (minimum)||36|
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
School of Medicine graduate program policies
The School of Medicine provides policies applicable to all programs administratively housed in the school. Information on master’s programs is available in the Graduate Bulletin at pubapps.vcu.edu/Bulletins/about/?uid=10046&iid=30113.