Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine

Addiction Research & Clinical Health


1834 Wake Forest Road

Reynolda Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

To meet the critical needs for addiction care and treatment in an age where drug abuse is on a meteoric rise, this program at Wake Forest University provides graduate training at the master’s level to prepare its graduates to provide clinical addiction services, as either a career in and of itself, or as an enhancement of their planned, or current, career. The program integrates student learning and research experiences throughout our medical community. The program, considered the first of its kind, is perfectly suited for the innovative environment at Wake Forest and is helping to create a workforce that will make a direct impact on the addiction crises faced by our patients, our community, and our nation.

This program is approved as a Criteria C program by the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Boards (NCSAPPB); this provides graduates a pathway to earlier licensure eligibility as a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.

The overarching goals of the program are:

  • Provide evidence-based integrated care effectively and ethically 
  • Value diversity, life-long learning, self-awareness, and personal growth 
  • Champion empathy, multicultural competencies, and the highest quality of skills
  • Base care on treating others with dignity and respect

Our innovative curriculum integrates human service and addiction studies in an academic medical center environment, allowing for a unique perspective on managing addictive disorders at the point-of-care. The program has designed its curriculum to provide a comprehensive education in addictive disorders.

The program provides students with three distinct tracks, Clinical, Human Services, and Research with a core curriculum that is required of students in all tracks.


Wake Forest University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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