Graduate Certificate Program

Western Michigan University's specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse offers a graduate certificate. The program is a 21-credit hour specialization for working professionals and graduate students in counselor education and counseling psychology, occupational therapy, psychology, public administration, biological sciences, social work, sociology or other related disciplines.

The graduate certificate program in alcohol and drug abuse does qualify for financial aid.  Please contact the financial aid department at (269) 387-6000 for more information.  Click here for gainful employment disclosure information

The curriculum consists of 18 credit hours of required coursework and three credit hours of field practicum. The course credit hours and field practicum experience may be applied to the educational and field experience requirements for the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Credential, the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) Credential and the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Counselor. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for more information.

Note:  In order to obtain a credential from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals, you must complete your clinical hours at a licensed facility. Search for licensed substance abuse programs in Michigan on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website click on Business and select "substance abuse" under license type.


In addition to WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo, Mich., the graduate certificate course of study is offered at our Grand Rapids and Traverse City regional locations. While the requirements are the same, courses at WMU regional locations are tailored toward adult non-traditional students, featuring evening and weekend classes. The graduate certificate courses are also offered online, excluding the field practicum experience. Check course listings or visit the Extended University Programs website for more information. 

To assist in planning your course schedule, please refer to the following course rotation schedules:  summer I and summer II 2018 course rotation schedule; fall 2018 course rotation schedule.

Upon acceptance

Upon acceptance into the program, please use the specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse checklist to guide you through completion. As part of the graduate certificate program, you must enroll in and complete the field practicum, which will give you experience in your prospective field. You are required to thoroughly read the field practicum manual immediately upon acceptance into the program.