Advanced Clinical Study of Addiction (GC)

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Length of program

Part-time: 12 months

Mode of delivery


Program consists of:






Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Study of Addiction (ACSA) offers students an opportunity for in-depth study of addictive processes and disorders. This part-time, online program offers study of the latest research in addiction and is appropriate for a diverse range of individuals in health and social services, program developers, policymakers, or researchers.

Learning outcomes:
  • Summarize addiction research in the sciences and social sciences
  • Evaluate and criticize approaches to managing addiction
  • Interpret knowledge of addiction in clinical contexts
  • Derive and apply solutions from a knowledge of addiction
The program consists of the following courses:
  • ACSA 5000 – Addiction and Addictive Disorders (3.00 credit hours)
  • ACSA 5004 – Social Ecology of Addiction (3.00 credit hours)
  • ACSA 5006 – Biological Bases of Addiction (3.00 credit hours)
  • ACSA 5008 – Cognitive Processes of Addiction (3.00 credit hours)

In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.

Finding a supervisor

This program does not require a supervisor.

Additional information

Applicants must normally meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (i.e. undergraduate degree) in a related discipline from a recognized degree-granting institution
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses (60.0 credit hours)
  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students

Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents

Before you begin an application, please review the supporting documents below. If additional documentation is required, the Faculty of Health Sciences will contact you.

Step 2: Submit Online Application by Deadline

Step 3: Arrange for Official Documents

Official documents (e.g., transcripts, English language proficiency test scores) are required prior to registration.
Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

Step 4: Admission Decision Process

The departmental committee reviews your application and makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee.

*Note: Students who are graduates of non-Canadian universities must provide notarized English translations of all documents not in the English language.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue or contact


Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received prior to course registration.

Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Curriculum Vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information.