Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Addiction Policy and Practice prepares students for a career in addiction policy, whether in government, the nonprofit or the private sector. This unique, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary course of study prepares future addiction policy leaders who seek to build a response to addiction based in science and evidence, and grounded in compassion. Classes begin in July.

Application Deadlines

January 15, 2024

Priority Master of Science Application Deadline

Classes begin July 2024

Application Fee Waived!

April 1, 2024

Regular Master of Science Application Deadline

Classes begin July 2024

Application Fee $90

Let’s Talk

The Addiction Policy & Practice Program will be hosting an Admissions Information Session virtually on September 25th, 2023 from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. Please register on the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website for the meeting link and to be notified of future information sessions.

You can view a recording of our most recent information session covering the curriculum, application process, and career outcomes on the web.

The M.S. in Addiction Policy & Practice (ADPP) program trains leaders in the addiction policy advocacy field by providing students with a comprehensive understanding of addiction, including public health and criminal justice policy, basic science, and evidence- based prevention, treatment and recovery.

The Master’s program draws on the faculty and resources of Georgetown University’s various schools, including the Graduate School of Arts and Science, The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, the McCourt School of Public Policy, and the basic and social science departments of Georgetown College.  

The program is completed in 1 year, from July until June of the following year, and spans a prescribed program of 30 credit hours to complete, including a capstone project. It is intended to be completed as a full-time program.

At the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, we believe your education is an investment. The Master’s Program in Addiction Policy & Practice is offered at a fixed, flat tuition rate of $48,450 for 2023-2024.

Our Mission

  • To uphold Georgetown University’s mission of engaging in civic life and being of service to others.
  • To embody Georgetown University’s commitment to cura personalis by fostering a more compassionate, comprehensive and evidence-based approach to the disease of addiction and addressing the significant stigma attached to addiction.
  • To develop and promote an evidence-based approach to addiction policy through research and education by drawing from Georgetown University’s interdisciplinary expertise in science, law, and public policy.

Program Goals

  • Students will follow an integrated, multidisciplinary curriculum that combines neuroscience, psychiatry, policy, and an integrative seminar.
  • Students will understand the foundations of addiction, factors that lead to substance use disorder and other forms of addiction, the science of prevention, treatment, and recovery from addiction, as well as the legal and policy aspects of the nation’s addiction policies.
  • Students will receive training in data analysis, advocacy and health care financing.

What do students, faculty, and leaders in the field have to say about the Addiction Policy & Practice program?