This is a social science research program designed to train researchers to conduct cutting-edge investigation to reduce the national and global burden of substance use and misuse.
Please note that this is not a counseling-focused degree.
Applicants to the JDP must hold a master’s degree from an accredited (U.S. or equivalent) college or university from a related social/behavioral science or professional program (e.g., social work, public health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics).
It is expected that applicants will have minimum grade point averages of 3.2 (undergraduate) and 3.5 (graduate)
Applicants must have evidence of foundational research experience (e.g., peer-reviewed publication record and prior coursework in graduate-level statistics and research methodology)
GRE scores must have been taken within the last 5 years and be at the 55th percentile or above (For tests taken after August 1, 2011: Verbal >153, Quantitative > 153. The general GRE test is required while the subject test is recommended. You must take the GRE early enough to ensure that your test scores will be received in time for review by the Joint Admissions Committee.
International students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English though the TOEFL exam. TOEFL scores must be submitted to SDSU, Institution Code 4682, www.ets.org.