Applied Disability Studies (MA)

Faculty of Social Sciences Master of Arts

  • Experiential learning
  • Main Campus, Hamilton

Brock University is the only University in Ontario offering a Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Disability Studies. Students can choose to specialize in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) or have no field of specialization. The ABA course sequence is verified by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board® for completing the course requirements to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst®. In addition to course work and practicum placements, the MA program requires the student to complete an original research study and write an MA thesis under the supervision of a key faculty member and a thesis committee. The program is highly competitive with enrolment in the MA program currently limited to 6-10 new students per year. It is geared towards students who are interested in research careers and pursuing a doctoral degree.

Specialization Option:

  • Applied Disability Analysis (ABA)

Some courses may be offered during the week, on weekends, and fully or partially online.

Entry point:

  • September (full time and part-time options)


  • Thesis – 6 terms (2 years)

This program is funded for the defined program length as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • December 1st

Please note, this program is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020. Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted in mid-October.


Academic administrator:

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • Three references are required. Academic references are preferred.  Some applicants may have difficulty obtaining academic references, and therefore, it may be more appropriate to obtain references from professionals with whom you have worked (e.g. Manager, Supervisor, Senior Colleague…). In all cases, the information should relate to the ability of the applicant to undertake graduate studies in the diploma program.  You will provide your references when you complete the online application.
    • Curriculum Vitae: this should indicate the applicant’s education, employment, teaching and research activities/experience and publications/presentations (if any). Please use the following template for the CV.
    • A Statement of Intent and demonstrated commitment to the field of disabilities and/or Applied Behaviour Analysis, of no more than two pages in length (12 pt font Time New Roman, single or double spaced), describing your academic, employment, volunteer, and/or personal experience in the field. This statement should include the applicant’s research interests and an indication of which faculty members the applicant would prefer as possible thesis supervisors.

Career outcomes

  • PhD programs in ABA, Disability Studies, Child and Youth Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education and related disciplines
  • Positions in social service agencies supporting people with disabilities
  • Behavior Consultants/Therapists
  • Program evaluators
  • Research and development specialists
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Special education specialists
  • Professional positions in related fields
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy/administration
  • Non-profit sector policy/administration
  • Government positions
  • College instructors