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Professional Addiction Studies

Building holistic skills for health professionals.

Program is offered entirely online!


  • Professional Addiction Studies is a program that focuses on the impact of substance addiction and the effects on the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual nature, and family & society surrounding the individual. The professional addiction studies program will improve an individual's knowledge in the area of substance usage and substance abuse disorders and will aid in the understanding of the prevention, treatment, usage by youth, physical and psychological addictions, mental health, and the shifts in overall family dynamics.

  • The cost of completing the Professional Addiction Studies program will depend on whether you are attempting to complete the diploma program or the certificate program. It is worth taking note that the program is exclusively an online program and not all courses are offered each semester.

    Please refer to our Schedule & Fees page for the most up-to-date costs.

  • Before deciding to apply for the Professional Addiction Studies diploma or certificate, please make sure that you meet the specific program enrollment requirements to avoid any delays in enrolling in your program of choice.

    Students who want to enrol in the Professional Addiction Studies program must be pursuing/completed an undergraduate degree in a related field or possess a diploma in a related field. McMaster has determined that relevant fields of study are:

    1. - psychology
    2. - social work
    3. - health
    4. - social sciences
    5. - public health
    6. - community
    7. - social services
    8. - child & youth studies


    An alternative to having a degree or diploma in a related field would be to possess a minimum of two years or 4,000 hours full-time supervised experience in the field of:

    1. - addiction
    2. - mental health
    3. - social & community service
    4. - nursing
    5. - law enforcement/criminal justice
    6. - first responders


    Refer to the Admission Requirements page for more information.

  • The Professional Addiction Studies diploma program will run from Fall to Spring the following year. All of the courses are not offered every semester. To finish in the shortest period of time, it is advised to start in the Fall since there are no active courses during the month of August.

    If you decide to apply for the Professional Addiction Studies certificate program, it can be completed in as little as two semesters where a semester will run 10 weeks. For any further questions, please contact us for the most up to date information on the Professional Addiction Studies program.

  • The Professional Addiction Studies program can be completed 100% online and it is currently the only method to participate and complete this program at this time.

  • The Professional Addiction Studies program will serve as professional development for those individuals already working in fields such as mental health, counseling, law enforcement, nursing, social work, and/or child and family services.

    It is important to note that you do not need to be working in the field to take the program or benefit from the program even. The Professional Addiction Studies program is an excellent complement to a recent degree or diploma or specialization in a related career.

  • Excellent news for those in the Professional Addiction Studies diploma looking to complete their diploma. The diploma program is pre-approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) as having met the core educational requirements towards the Canadian Addiction Counsellors certification (ICADC) and the Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) certification.

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