Nov 28, 2023  
2023-2024 UMA Catalog 
2023-2024 UMA Catalog

Substance Use Disorders, Graduate Certificate

Program Description

A completely online program, the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders (GCSUD) will offer current professionals the flexibility to obtain a recognized credential that can lead to career advancement in the field of substance use disorder treatment. UMA has received approval as a NAADAC Approved Educational Provider for the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders program. Students who successfully complete this certificate can sit for the national Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) exam to pursue licensing as a substance use treatment professional and can apply for the Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) certification. The CCS is a national certification allowing individuals to seek employment in all 50 states and is required to supervise Registered Alcohol and Drug Counselors (RADC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC).

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders, all applicants must submit the following items no later than July 31st to be considered for fall admission. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.  Admission to this program is selective.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • UMA Graduate Online Application
  • Resume - applicant must have 1 year of professional experience
  • Essay that includes a short autobiography and the applicant’s reason(s) for pursuing graduate study in substance use disorders.  This essay should be 2-4 pages in length.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate school and a career in substance use disorder treatment. Only professional letters of recommendation will be accepted. Letters from professors, professionals in the field of mental health and human services, and/or supervisors from employment/field placement settings are recommended. Letters from family members and friends will not be accepted.
  • Copies of current active professional licenses and certificates (if applicable)

Applicants who are admitted and enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Substance Use Disorders Program will be invited to meet with the program’s Graduate Coordinator to discuss the program expectations, curriculum, and available supports. This meeting could be conducted in person or virtually.

UMA Certificate Requirements:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
  • 9 Credit Hours of Residency