Degree Requirements & Course Sequence

Completion of the M.S. degree requires 30 credits of coursework, of which 24 are from core requirements. The following courses constitute the core:

SUMMER I (5.5 credits)

Health Care Financing (2)
Data Analysis & Statistics in Drug Policy I (1.5)
US Addiction Policy (2)

FALL (9.5 credits)

Fundamentals of Neurobiology I (2)
Foundations of Addiction I (Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment) (1.5)
Integrative Seminar (3)
Epidemiology Elective (3)

SPRING (9.5 credits)

Addiction and Mental Health Law & Policy (2)
Foundations of Addiction II (Comorbidities, Recovery, and Supports) (1.5)
Integrative Seminar (3)
Policy Elective (3)

SUMMER II (5.5 credits)

Comparative Addiction Policy (2)
Mentored Capstone Seminar (2)
Data Analysis & Statistics in Drug Policy II (1.5)

Integrative Seminar

In the fall and spring semesters, students will meet in a weekly seminar taught by the program director. The goal of the course is to allow students to integrate academic coursework with real-world experience by introducing them to individuals working in various aspects of addiction policy across the continuum of care (social determinants of health, treatment, and recovery), as well as in the criminal justice and harm reduction settings.

The curriculum will track with other course work, including the integration of science into policy, and will introduce students to other aspects not otherwise covered; at least one third of the course will involve engagement with scientific material and quantitative analysis. Class discussions will be combined with guest speakers and observational site visits in the DC area to addiction treatment and recovery facilities, as well as harm reduction and criminal justice venues.

During the spring semester, students will continue to meet weekly for structured discussions. In the summer, students will work toward completing their capstone project.

Mentored Capstone Seminar

The capstone assignment required of all ADPP students is developed through the integrative seminar and will take place in May and June. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to design and complete their capstone projects allowing them to apply their ADPP skills. The final written assignment may take a variety of forms, including research papers or policy-focused white papers.