Master's Program: Frequently asked questions


How much is the tuition fee?
The fees will be approximately $28,692 US Dollars for students enrolling in 2013. This rate is based on a $797 per credit rate for the 36 credit program.  Full-time students will be registered for 18 credits in both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters and will owe $14,346 at the beginning of each semester.  You will need to pay fees per teaching term in US dollars. A helpful currency converter can be found here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/.

Are there any scholarships available for the program?
Several half tuition scholarships (totalling US$13,446 over the course of the program) were awarded for students admitted in 2012. We hope to be able to offer several half-tuition scholarships in 2013.  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.

Part-time students will be registered for 8 credits in both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters and will owe $6,376 at the beginning of each semester.  In the Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015, part-time students will be registered for 10 credits and will owe $7,970 at the beginning of each of these two semesters.

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.

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 diploma?
Yes you will receive one 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 (4 years of full-time graduate study). However, 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 20-40 hours a week for the full-time programme.

Are GREs required for admission?
No. GREs are not required.