Program Admission Requirements

The M.S. in Addiction Policy and Practice (MAPP) degree program is completed in one calendar year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year.

Completion of the M.S. degree requires 30 credits of coursework.

Because of its highly integrated curriculum, the program is intended for full-time students.

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, regulatory, and societal underpinnings of the nation’s addiction policies.
  • Students will receive training in data analysis, advocacy and health care financing.

Program 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 course on comparative 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.