The MAS can be completed in one or two years, depending on the number of courses taken each semester.
Students may select one of three tracks within the MAS program:
General: This track is intended for individuals who seek to learn more about addiction science, but who do not intend to pursue a career in research or clinical work. Internships in industry, public health and community service agencies, and other settings are available. This track has a required 32 units for graduation. (8 core units, 20 elective units, and 4 thesis units)
Research: Students on the research track will obtain additional skills in the design, development, and implementation of a research project, and in the analysis and preparation of findings from collected data. This track is intended for individuals who want to pursue a career in research or attend graduate school in a research-related field and involved mentored directed research from one of the Institute’s faculty. This track has a required 32 units for graduation. (16 core units, 12 elective units, and 4 thesis units)
Clinical: Students on the clinical track will develop additional skills in managing addiction in clinical settings, including hands on experience in a clinical setting of the student’s choice within the Keck healthcare system or one of USC’s community partners. This track is intended for individuals who are currently working in a clinical setting or who plan to do so in the future (e.g., those interested in attending medical, dental or pharmacy school, or who plan to obtain a graduate degree in a clinically related field such as social work or psychology). This track has a required 32 units for graduation. (19 core units, 5 elective units, 4 units [20 hours] clinical observation, and 4 thesis units)