How much is the tuition fee?

The tuition fee for students enrolled in 2018 will be $900 US dollars per credit.   This translates to $10,800 US dollars for the Intermediate Certificate (12-credits), $21,600 US dollars for the Advanced Certificate (24 credits) and $32,400 US dollars for the Master’s programme (36 credits).  

Part-time students are registered for 8 credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters of their first year.  At the 2018-2019 tuition rates ($900 per credit), this totals $7,200 each semester for a total first year tuition of $14,400.  In their second year, part-time students are registered for 10 credits per term.  At the 2018-2019 tuition rates, this totals $9,000 per semester, for a total second year tuition of $18,000.

Full-time Master’s students will be registered for 18 credits in both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters and will owe half of their total tuition at the beginning of each semester. Fees are paid per semester in US dollars. A helpful currency converter can be found here:http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/. Payment plans are available.

Are there any scholarships available for the program?

Several half tuition scholarships (totaling US$16,200 over the course of the program) have been available in each of the past 7 years.  Notification of scholarship availability for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made in early 2018.  Scholarship funds are available for students enrolled in the Master’s program only. More information can be found here.

Can I complete this programme as a part-time student?


Yes, the programme is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. We do not recommend that students attempt to take the full-time programme while working full time because of the heavy course load.

Will the program help me to gain licensure or counseling skills?


No, there are no practical components in the IPAS program, so you will not be trained to gain any counseling or medical skills.  However, courses in the program can be applied toward academic requirements for licensure.

How does remote learning work?

Please read more about remote learning.

Do I have to attend lectures on campus at any time?

No, there is no on-campus attendance required for any part of this programme. All lectures and materials will be made available online and exams will be arranged near you.

How are exams arranged?

You will take your written exam (one of the tests determining your grade) with an independent examiner at a location near you.

Will I get one parchment?

Yes. You will receive one parchment  (what we in the US refer to as a diploma) after you have graduated. This will bear the symbols of all three universities, as well as the signature of officials from all participating schools.

Do I need a Visa?

No, you will not need a visa since you do not have to attend any lectures or exams at any of the participating universities. Therefore, this course will not give you grounds to apply for a student visa for any of the three countries.

What English level is required?

A proficient level of English can be demonstrated by completion of a university qualification studied in the English language or by providing evidence of meeting English language requirements: either an IELTS score of 7.0 or a TOEFL score of 600 paper based or 250 computer based.

I don't have a university degree but have worked in the addiction field for a long time. Can I apply?

To enter this programme you will need a bachelor level qualification (usually 4 years of full-time undergraduate study, or three years with an Honours project).  Students with a three-year Bachelors and experience in a related field will considered.  You can always contact us to discuss your experience and qualifications. This is a very intensive program, so we have to be quite strict. Check to see you meet the entry requirements. More information can be found here.

Is there a maximum to the number of students that you can admit?

Yes, we can only take 40 new students so apply as soon as possible to increase your chances.

Does online study mean that I can study in my own pace?

No, all students take the same courses and topics at the same time. Online learning offers flexibility in when you study during the week (at night, during weekend), but you will need to study 15-20 hours a week for the part-time programme and 30-40 hours a week for the full-time programme.

Are GREs required for admission?

No. GREs are not required.