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Applied Disability Studies

Brock University

24 months
23502 CAD/year
8175 CAD/year
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The Master in Applied Disability Studies is a professional Master's degree offered by Brock University. This option differs from the MA in that no research thesis is required, and the student would not likely be eligible for Brock graduate student stipends and bursaries. 


The Applied Disability Studies program offered by Brock University is geared to students who are already working in the field (e.g., Instructional Therapists in IBI programs, Behaviour consultants/Therapists in Community Behavioural Programs, Teachers, Educators) by offering courses on weekends in different locations in Ontario.

SpecializationsABA Program

Students in our MA, M.ADS and Diploma programs may choose to specialize in ABA. Our ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Students who complete our ABA course sequence meet the course requirements to become Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs).R As part of the coursework, ABA students have to opportunity to gain practical experience through a 300 hour practicum placement. There are many jobs for BCBAs, particularly, but not exclusively in Autism Spectrum Disorders. CADS was the first grad program in Ontario to offer an approved course sequence and our pass rate on the BCBA examination is significantly above average.

General Program

Students with interests in teaching, community –based programming, health care, therapeutic and other services and support across the lifespan and a variety of disabilities, inclusive and accessible environments, and advocacy and social justice will enjoy the professional, personal and scholarly challenges offered by the critical disabilities orientation within the general program option of the Applied Disability Studies degree. This option provides interdisciplinary, socio-political, cultural, and foundational scholarship written by scholars with disabilities about issues of relevance for persons with disabilities. The course bank also includes opportunities for qualitative and blended research methods, writing conventions, internships and a Major Research Paper (MRP). This program option provides students with both theoretical and applied experiences in a variety of online, hybrid and face to face contexts and allows students to develop skills in research, leadership, writing, analysis, multi-media literacy, networking and advocacy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research in Applied Disability Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Reading in Applied Disability Studies
  • Research Methods in Applied Disability Studies
  • Supervised Practicum in Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Advanced Supervised Practicum in Applied Behaviour Analysis I

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
B (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of four-year Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in a related field (e.g., disability studies, applied behaviour analysis, psychology, sociology, social work, child studies, education) with a minimum average of 75% in the last two years of undergraduate study. MADS applicants with averages between 70% and 74% in the last two years of undergraduate study will also be considered.
  • Three references are required. Academic references are preferred.  

Tuition Fee

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    23502 CAD/year
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  • National

    8175 CAD/year
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