Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

Academic requirements for the M.S. in Addiction Policy & Practice program are:

  • Satisfactory completion of 24 credits from core courses, a mentored capstone experience and the integrative seminars.  The remaining 6 credits will include a course in epidemiology or public health and an elective;
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA;
  • Successfully complete a capstone project.

Curriculum Components

The curriculum consists of five components:

  1. A course covering the neurobiology of addiction;
  2. A sequence of courses on policy development, the history of US drug and addiction policy, mental health and addiction law, and a comparative course on international approaches to addiction policy;
  3. A sequence of courses on the psychiatric aspects of addiction, including risk factors, comorbidities, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery;
  4. A capstone project; and
  5. An integrative seminar in the fall and spring semesters, taught by the Program Director and designed to insure integration of the various components of the curriculum. The integrative seminar will include an observational component.

Title IX / Sexual Misconduct

Georgetown University and its faculty are committed to supporting survivors and those impacted by sexual misconduct, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking. Georgetown requires faculty members, unless otherwise designated as confidential, to report all disclosures of sexual misconduct to the University Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. If you disclose an incident of sexual misconduct to a professor in or outside of the classroom (with the exception of disclosures in papers), that faculty member must report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The coordinator will, in turn, reach out to the student to provide support, resources, and the option to meet. [Please note that the student is not required to meet with the Title IX coordinator.]. More information about reporting options and resources can be found on the Sexual Misconduct Website: (new window).

If you would prefer to speak to someone confidentially, Georgetown has a number of fully confidential professional resources that can provide support and assistance. These resources include:

Health Education Services for Sexual Assault Response and Prevention: confidential email (new window)Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS): 202.687.6985 or after hours, call (833) 960-3006 to reach Fonemed, a telehealth service; individuals may ask for the on-call CAPS clinician. More information about reporting options and resources can be found on the Sexual Misconduct Website (new window).

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