Substance Use Disorders Certificate

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The Substance Use Disorders graduate certificate program is intended for graduate students or social service workers pursuing increased knowledge in substance use disorders.  Students will develop general and specific competencies aligned with the "core functions and practice dimensions of addiction counseling" outlined by the New Hampshire board of licensing for alcohol and other drug use professionals, including intake, assessment, treatment planning, case management, referral, crisis intervention, record keeping, and the counseling of individuals, groups, and families.

Students will learn alongside other social work professionals as well as graduate students and have the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEU) to meet the requirements for state licensing or re-licensing, such as a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW), Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC), or Master Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (MLADC), through the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals. Course credit may also be gained for future use in a full-time graduate program such as the Master of Social Work.

Offered through the UNH Department of Social Work, the certificate requires students to complete a series of four three-credit courses within two years. Classes meet on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings in a six-week format, and are conveniently located at the UNH Graduate School’s Manchester Campus in the Millyard.

Program Contact

Brian Miller

Clinical Assistant Professor, Substance Use Disorders Graduate Certificate Program Director

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Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall Admissions: July 1
  • Spring Admission: December 1
  • Summer Admission: April 1

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Individuals holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply. Two letters of recommedation are required. 

Please contact Brian Miller at or (603) 862-1013  for details about applying for the certificate.

Certificate Requirements:

The Substance Use Disorders Graduate Certificate consists of 12 credit hours through a series of four courses covering etiology of addictions, addiction policy analysis, addiction research and best practices, and system theory and strengths perspective.

Students are required to take the following four social work courses:

  • Addictions: Myth and Science
  • Assessment of Addictions
  • Treatment of Addictions
  • Addictions Recovery

Courses are offered at the UNH Manchester campus on Friday evenings and Saturdays for 6 weeks in January and June. 

The Substance Use Disorders Certificate requires the completion of 12 credit hours.

Graduate certificate program tuition rates are charged per credit hour.

2018/2019 Tuition*
    Per Credit Per 3-Credit Course
  NH Resident $770 $2,310
  Non-Resident    $845 $2,535
  Per Semester   
Manchester security/parking fee    $20.00
Registration Fee $20.00
Certificate Fee $25.00
Technology fee 1-4 credits $25.00
Technology fee 5-8 credits $50.25
Technology fee 9-16 credits $100.50
  • Mandatory fees are not charged for students registered for 4 credits or fewer. However, those students will be charged a technology fee of $25.00 per term.

More Information

For more information about tuition and fees, visit the UNH Graduate School Manchester campus tuition information page. Tuition and fee's are subject to change.