Undergraduate CertificateSocial Work and Addiction

The undergraduate certificate in social work and addiction from Wichita State provides eligible students with specialized knowledge and skills in addiction—leading to successful social work careers in the areas of substance abuse prevention, intervention and evaluation.

Learn how the social work and addiction certificate is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must first be admitted to Wichita State. In addition, eligible students are required to be social work majors, accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work program or have received a prior BSW degree.

For WSU’s admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Social work project lets students learn firsthand about homeless veterans

Social work students can help make an impact in our local community.

A collaboration between the School of Social Work and the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center gave students the opportunity to learn more about the plight of homeless veterans in Wichita.

The project, which was part of the Creative Empowerment in Helping Professions class, culminated in a public art exhibition that displayed the work of homeless and formerly homeless veterans.


To complete the curriculum, you’ll take five courses—which includes applied-learning experience—totaling 17 credit hours:

  • Social Work Practice and Addictions
  • Practicum I
  • Forensic Social Work
  • Pharmacology and Drug Classification in Social Work
  • Practicum II


A degree in social work from Wichita State opens doors to high-demand careers in a wide range of settings, from mental health clinics and schools to community development corporations and hospitals.

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