Applying to the Graduate Program

All students applying to Western Michigan University's specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse must submit a graduate admission application and provide official transcripts to the Office of Admissions or, for international students, the Haenicke Institute for Global Education

Applicants may then apply to the graduate certificate program by requesting a program application packet from the specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse office at (269) 387-3340, or by filling out the application and emailing it along with your CV or resume to You may also choose to print it out and send it to the following address:

C. Dennis Simpson, Ed.D
Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5212 USA

To understand more about the process of applying to the graduate certificate program, please read the prospective student letter. All admissions decisions will be communicated to you in writing.

Upon acceptance

Upon acceptance into the program, please use the specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse checklist found in the field practicum manual 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.

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.

Note: For those students already enrolled in a graduate degree program, the application process will be different. Contact the specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse office at (269) 387-3340 or for further information.