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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply my military benefits toward the program tuition?

Yes. The program is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and students can apply their military education and training benefits toward the cost of tuition. Benefits may vary based on your service. Please check your GI Bill letter or Certificate of Eligibility to see how much of your tuition and fees will be covered by your VA benefits. VA and military prospective students should contact the UF Office of Student Veteran Services (, (352) 294-2948) for information on how to use their education and training benefits.

How many credit hours are required to complete the program?

The required courses total 18 credit hours (6 courses, 3 credits each). Students must earn a final grade of at least a “B” in all courses to advance.

What is the cost per credit hour?

$590 per credit hour plus fees. Each course is 3 credits, so the cost per course is $1,770 plus fees.

What is the total cost of the online Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Recovery program?

The required 18 credits (6 courses) cost $10,620, plus fees.

How are student fees calculated?

Student fees include state-mandated and local fees that all students must pay per credit hour. For the 2018-19 academic year, the fees totaled $13.32 per credit hour. For each subsequent academic year, please verify the current fee amount at registration.

Do students have to log in at specific times of the day or a certain number of times each week?

Coursework is completed asynchronously, which means students can log in whenever it suits their schedule. The number of login attempts is not measured, though students are required to complete weekly assignments, which may include quizzes, web posts, case study activities and discussions.

What is the lecture format? Do the courses have video or audio lectures or other interactive pieces?

Courses make use of a number of different formats, including video lectures, written content, articles and web resources. Assessments may include quizzes, discussion posts and case study activities.

Do courses need to be completed in a certain order?

GMS6780 Addiction: Neuroscience and Trends and GMS6781 Foundations in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders are prerequisites for the other four required courses in the graduate certificate. GMS6780 and GMS6781 can be taken one at a time in any order, or both at the same time. After completing these two prerequisite courses, students are free to take concurrently whatever number of courses they feel they are able to manage.

Who should enroll in this program?

The program is an excellent fit for current and aspiring social workers, counselors, physicians and nurses, as well as individuals in a range of other fields such as education, law, business, law enforcement, religious-based service and others who desire specialized training in addiction. For those seeking Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional (MCAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) or equivalent professional certifications, the program offers a unique opportunity to prepare for these exams through courses that cover all the required knowledge and competency areas. Qualified applicants who are in recovery are welcome to apply.

How can I apply the Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Recovery to my current career?

The Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Recovery will boost the career prospects of addiction counselors and clinicians by equipping them with specialized knowledge of emerging evidence-based practices. Students will learn how to design and implement effective treatment programs, with sensitivity to co-occurring health issues and differences in age, gender, culture, ethnicity, language and other factors.

Additionally, the program prepares students for Florida Certification Board (FCB) and International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) certification examinations, in anticipation of earning the CAP, MCAP, CAC and equivalent credentials.

Where can I get more information about professional certification and reciprocity?
Does UF accept international students?

Yes. See our Admissions Requirements page for details.

Do students have online access to the UF library?

Yes, distance education students enjoy the same library privileges as on campus students. Visit

Does the University of Florida offer technical support for online students?

Yes. For technical support for courses, email

What is your online learning center platform?


Can I take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program?

Yes. Students can take up to two courses (GMS6780 and/or GMS6781) in non-degree status before deciding to enroll in the certificate. Please note the following:

  • Grades earned in non-degree status will appear on a student’s transcript but will only count toward a certificate or degree after the student is formally admitted to that program.
  • No more than 6 credits taken in non-degree status can be applied to the certificate later. This is an important point to note if you plan to enroll in the certificate later.
  • Credits earned in non-degree status can be applied later to the certificate only if the courses taken are required for the certificate (in this case, GMS6780 and/or GMS6781) and if students earn at least a “B” grade in those courses.
Are students eligible for financial aid or private loans?

At UF, federal financial aid is not available to students enrolled only in certificate programs. Graduate certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid but may be eligible for private loans. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal or private loans. This program does not accept tuition waivers. Many students seek financial assistance through private loans or tuition reimbursement programs from their employers. Please contact our Financial Aid Coordinator about possible private student loan eligibility.