Sep 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Child & Adult Advocacy Studies Graduate Certificate (CAAST)

Program Overview

Focusing on ethical, realistic and culturally sensitive content, this certificate provides professionals working with vulnerable populations a foundation for responding to maltreatment. You will learn about the various disciplinary responses to maltreatment and will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the most efficient responses. After completing the courses in this certificate, you will be better equipped to accomplish the work of related agencies (social work, criminal justice, nursing, etc.) to advocate on behalf of victims and survivors of maltreatment. Learn more at


General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here:

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Public Health and Health Sciences Department
605-658-6500 | |

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 |  |