Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about our department, programs, admissions, undergraduate upgrading courses, finances, courses, and BACB below.

General

Please note: Read your offer letter thoroughly – there may be instances where you are offered something other than what you had applied for.

Your student number is found within your offer letter.

You can locate the graduate calendar here.

You can order transcripts here.

Sakai/Isaak is Brock’s web based learning management system, it facilitates learning by creating private communities for exchanging information such as dates, files, notes and other resources. Sakai/Isaak also provides communication tools like mail and discussion boards. Further information can be found here.

Correspondence with ADS may be done through personal email addresses. However, once you have accepted an offer, correspondence is then limited to your assigned Brock address. Do not forward your Brock email to another personal email address (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail etc.). Email assistance can be found here.

Community persons can find all of our announcements in our News and Events section. Students can find all of our announcements on Sakai in the Community Hangout on the Portal.

ADS recommends visiting the Faculty profiles online and speaking directly with Faculty for opportunities to volunteer in labs and on projects.

ABA – Applied Behaviour Analysis
ABAI – Association for Behaviour Analysis International
BACB – Behaviour Analyst Certification Board
BCaBA – Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst
BCBA – Board Certified Behaviour Analyst
BCBA-D – Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, Doctoral-level
IBI – Intensive Behaviour Intervention
IT – Instructor Therapist
MA – Master of Arts
MADS – Master of Applied Disability Studies
OCGS – Ontario Council of Graduate Studies

Admissions

Students who obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a university outside of Ontario may have a 4-year non-honours degree that is considered equivalent to the Ontario Honours degrees – 4-year non-honours Bachelor’s degrees from Canadian/U.S. accredited universities are usually considered equivalent.  Students holding a 4-year non-honours degree are encouraged to apply, applications will be reviewed by the Committee and transcripts are individually assessed for equivalency.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies recommends students use an agency like WES or conduct their own personal research on determining how their degree is weighted in Canada.

Applied Behaviour Analysis, Psychology, Child & Youth Studies, Education, Sociology, Applied Linguistics, Applied Health and Nursing.

This is not required; if you submit GRE scores they will not be reviewed with your application.

If you attended university in a non-English speaking country you will be required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency, further information can be found here.

Complete application instructions can be found here. Please read ALL of the application instructions before proceeding.

ADS can only answer program specific questions. Questions regarding any and all portions of the application process are to be directed to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Send transcripts DIRECTLY to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Department Faculty, Cross-Appointed and Affiliated Faculty are able to act as thesis supervisors. MA applicants are encouraged to examine ADS Faculty research interests/publications. MA applicants are also encouraged to contact potential supervisors to discuss thesis research. Learn more about our Faculty members.

The OUAC application process usually opens in early October.

Application deadlines can be found here.

We continue to review applications after the deadline until the program is full. Qualified and complete applications submitted on time are given priority for review and admission.

Should you choose to apply to more than one of ADS Graduate Programs you will have to submit more than one application. As such, more than one application fee will apply.

It is recommended that students tailor their statements of intent to reflect the program applied for. More information can be found here.

A CV is required for the application process and must be provided in the format here.

ADS encourages persons who hold an honours degree to apply. Those with averages below 75% will be assessed and may be offered exceptional acceptance or recommended for undergraduate upgrading courses.

Students who meet the minimum requirements for admission are encouraged to apply. Those without undergraduate or college ABA coursework are considered on a case by case basis. ADS offers online upgrading courses at the undergraduate level in ABA, Disability Studies, and Research Methods, for those needing relevant coursework. ADS also offers an ABA tutorial to all students who have accepted their offer of admission to help them to prepare for their graduate coursework. Some students may be required to take this tutorial as a condition of their acceptance if they have insufficient coursework.

Transfer credits are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the ADS office and MUST be requested at the time of application. Please contact the Department for further details.

Transfer credits are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the ADS office and must be requested at the time of application.Please contact the Department for further details.

No. Your portal is the most up-to-date account of your application. If it says the file is still under review, it is still under review. Applications are reviewed individually. This means it takes more time for decisions to be made. However, this does give every student the most thorough and fair review possible. Be patient, this process takes time and all applicants are notified one way or the other.

Every individual and application is unique. The programs offered are highly competitive and the smallest of difference in applications can equate to one being accepted and one not. We strongly caution students against comparing applications and responses.

The admissions process is ongoing until the program is full. This process will sometimes go well into the summer months and we appreciate everyone’s patience.  Much of this process is dependent on the response times of students to existing offers – this makes timelines difficult to set and out of our control.  The sooner an offer is responded to, the sooner we can move on to the next offer. ADS cannot answer any questions regarding any of the application process including evaluation and status.

Cohorts are based on student responses – we try our best to place students in the cohort closest to the address provided in their application. As class sizes are limited, this cannot be done until after the admissions process is complete. Cohorts are not assessed until after students have accepted their offers of admission. Please note that FT students should expect to have classes in Hamilton and/or St. Catharines.

A College Diploma is not equivalent to a 4-year BA at University.  If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, you can apply, but may not be admitted and instead be referred to taking our undergraduate upgrading courses.  Admission recommendations rest with the admissions committee, and final decisions to admit are at the discretion of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

BACB

Complete BACB certification requirements can be found at bacb.com

The Behaviour Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. has verified the course sequence toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (Option 1) examination.

For more information on the approved BACB course sequence: contact Rosemary Condillac.

The ABA course sequence is not approved by the Association for Behaviour Analysis International. Future plans for ADS includes obtaining ABA course sequence approval through the Association for Behaviour Analysis International.

Take/pass all the required courses and obtain your degree; you will have the necessary degree and course work to meet the BACB criteria for applying to be a BCBA. This is not the only BACB certification requirement, for the official BACB certification requirements please visit bacb.com

Supervised experience hours are not the responsibility of ADS. Working students often obtain these hours through their place of employment. Within the MA program: ADS offers supervised practicum credits, these credits alone do not fulfill all of the supervised experience hours required for BACB. ADS may be able to assist students in finding a placement/supervisor. This is not the only BACB certification requirement, for the official BACB certification requirements please visit bacb.com

For more information please contact Rosemary Condillac.

Always consult the BACB website for matters concerning the BACB. The ADS ABA course sequence is verified for both the 4th and 5th edition task lists by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Career

  • Behaviour therapists
  • Behaviour consultants
  • Senior therapists
  • Autism specialists
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Applied researchers
  • Program evaluators
  • Policy developers
  • Early interventionists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Corrections counsellors
  • College instructors
  • University instructors
  • Behaviour therapists
  • Behaviour consultants
  • Senior therapists
  • Autism specialists
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Applied researchers
  • Program evaluators
  • Policy developers
  • Early interventionists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Corrections counsellors
  • College instructors
  • University instructors
  • Program evaluators
  • Research and development
  • Counselling and assessment
  • Consultants
  • Supervisors
  • Special education specialists
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy/administration
  • Non-profit sector policy/administration
  • Government positions
  • College instructors
  • University instructors
  • Program evaluators
  • Research and development
  • Counselling and assessment
  • Consultants, Supervisors
  • Special education specialists
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy/administration
  • Non-profit sector policy/administration
  • Government position
  • College instructors

Courses

Please note: Course sequences for ALL programs are subject to change without notice. ALWAYS consult the course schedule on the ADS website under resources.

Courses are offered in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa.

The next Ottawa cohort is tentatively scheduled to begin in Fall 2018/19.

Communication is key. Contact the instructor immediately either in person or via email. Students who are not comfortable speaking to/emailing instructors directly can contact the ADS director or administration.

The structure of the program is not conducive to missing class and as such is never recommended. Significant penalties are imposed for lost time. It is important to speak with the instructor if missing a class is necessary. You will be required to provide further documentation.

Full-time students, provided all courses are taken/passed, can expect to be finished in 2 years.

Part-time students, provided all courses are taken/passed, can expect to be finished in 3 years.

Provided all courses are taken/passed, students can expect to finish in 2 years.

Courses commence in September of each year.

Currently, ADS does not offer a January start.

Currently, ADS does not offer a Spring start.

Students will always consult the graduate calendar specific to their entry year.

Complete program requirements can be found on the calendar.

Brief course descriptions can be found on the calendar.

ADST 5P70 D10 S1 – reads: ADST (Applied Disability Studies) 5 (Masters level) P (part credit value of .5 – i.e., one semester course) 70 (Course) D10 (Course duration) S1 (Section)

D4 – May to August
D10 – September to December
D11 – January to April

ADS will notify students of their cohort information via email to their Brock accounts.

ADS notify students of their section number and students must register in their appropriate section. Section numbers can also be found on the online schedule according to cohort information.

Students must pay special attention to their cohort and section numbers and must register in the courses laid out in their enrolled program. Students will consult their cohort information found in the online schedule on the ADS website for section numbers and course dates.

Finances

Tuition is set by Brock University in accordance with provincial government stipulations. MA student tuition may be offset by stipends/bursaries routinely offered to all full-time Brock MA students. Current tuition fees can be found here.

ADS programs are eligible for OSAP.  For complete OSAP information please visit osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal. Additional OSAP questions can be directed to the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Learn about funding options here.

Program

ABA – Applied Behaviour Analysis

ADS is a graduate program, we do not offer undergraduate level degrees. However, Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies offers a sequence of third and fourth year courses in ABA, which can be used toward fulfilling the course requirements for a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) offered by BACB.

ADS is a graduate program, but we do offer undergraduate level courses. These courses are ADST 4P** and complete course descriptions can be found here.

Eligibility requirements for the MA and MADS programs can be found here.

Eligibility requirements for the MADS program can be found here.

Eligibility requirements for the Graduate Diploma program can be found here.

Students wishing to do so must apply through OUAC.

This information is not available to students. Our enrolment varies from year to year and all of our applications are reviewed.

No. ADS offers a Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies for persons who have completed a Master’s degree. This non-degree Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies includes the ABA courses.

MADS is course-based and there is no opportunity to write a thesis. MA students write a thesis. MADS students are welcome to apply to the MA program while in the MADS program. ADS occasionally accepts some MADS students into the MA program. MADS students can also apply to the MA program after they complete the MADS degree.

Courses are one weekend a month; despite this, students can expect to require most evenings/weekends to complete readings and assignments.

Most weekend courses are four weekends in each of the 3 semesters: Fall (Sep-Dec), Winter (Jan-Apr) and Spring (May-Aug). The weekends and times may vary from year to year so a previous year’s schedule is not necessarily a good predictor of the weekends in the next year. We try to space the classes within a weekend course every 3 or 4 weeks. Most weekend courses are 9-4 on Saturdays. Sunday hours vary according to the course and within courses. Sometimes Sundays are 9-12, sometimes 9-3 and sometimes 9-4. That said, students should reserve 9-4 on Sundays. It is highly recommended that students taking weekend courses reserve all weekends while in the program. Sometimes a free weekend needs to be used as a makeup session because of inclement weather, instructor illness or other unforeseen circumstances. For students taking weekday courses at Brock St. Catharines campus, the courses are scheduled once a week for 3 hours. The days and times may vary from year to year.

Future plans for ADS include a Ph.D. program.

We appreciate the considerable interest in the possibility of an ADS Ph.D. program. We are working with the University to have the program approved and launched as soon as possible. There are numerous steps in the process, many of which are out of our control. Therefore, at this time we cannot provide a firm launch date.

No, despite having satellite locations in various cities (Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton), MADS programs are exclusively Brock University programs.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate upgrading courses are available to students who wish to apply to the M.ADS ABA program who do not meet the minimum criteria. These courses are appropriate for:

  1. Applicants who do not meet the minimum grade criterion of 80% average across the final 10 undergraduate credits in a four year degree.
  2. Applicants with a 3 year degree with a minimum average of 80% who have a minimum of 5 years of extensive post-graduate (after degree conferred) work and/or volunteer experience in ABA – these applications are assessed on a case by case basis.

Any student who completed their 3-year undergraduate degree less than 5 years ago, will be expected to complete a full 4th year of university. Brock students may be able to use the ADS undergraduate courses as part of that requirement, with permission from their home department/university and ADS.

It is possible that you can take the ADS undergraduate upgrading courses instead of completing a full 4th year of university to be eligible to apply for M.ADS. However, we review each application individually to determine eligibility.

Given how competitive the M.ADS program is, your M.ADS application likely would be stronger if you took the upgrading courses and achieved at least 80% in each course before applying to M.ADS.

If you have taken a university or 4-year community college degree program ABA course, you may not have to take the first ABA upgrading course. However, we will review each request on a case-by-case basis to determine if the ABA course that you took is equivalent to the ADS ABA course.

Other than courses that are part of a 4-year degree program, we do not consider community college ABA courses to be equivalent to the ADS ABA courses. Therefore, you will have to take the ADS ABA courses.

Please check with the registrar’s office on how to complete the 4th year at Brock.  Often, it is easier to complete the 4th year at the same school that you completed your 3-year undergraduate degree.  Rarely, will Brock allow, what would equate to 3 years’ worth of credits, to transfer toward a degree at Brock. Please contact the Registrar’s office for more information.

Programs within the Department of Applied Disability Studies are highly competitive and it is unlikely that admission would be offered to a student with a 3 year degree regardless of successful completion of the recommended undergraduate courses. ADS  recommends that you finish your 4th year and obtain a 4-year degree – not necessarily an Honours degree.

ADS has undergraduate online courses,  but ADS does not currently have an undergraduate degree in Applied Disability Studies.

Upon applying, the ADS Graduate Admissions Committee will review the submitted application and determine which undergraduate upgrading courses each student should take from the available courses in order to meet graduate admissions equivalency.

Undergraduate upgrading courses are online only.

Undergraduate upgrading courses are each .5 credits.

Undergraduate upgrading courses are assessed at the undergraduate level (Arts or Sciences) – year 1-7. Complete information can be found here.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, it is expected that a student will complete the undergraduate upgrading courses within 4 years of starting the first course.