Frequently Asked Questions

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

What does ABA mean?
ABA – Applied Behaviour Analysis

Do you offer an undergraduate degree in ABA?
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.

Do you offer any undergraduate courses?
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.

Who is eligible for the Master’s (MA) program?
Eligibility requirements for the MA and MADS programs can be found here.

Who is eligible for the Master of Applied Disability Studies (MADS) program?
Eligibility requirements for the MADS program can be found here.

Who is eligible for the Graduate Diploma program?
Eligibility requirements for the Graduate Diploma program can be found here.

Can I transfer between from the MADS program to the MA programs?
Students wishing to do so must apply through OUAC.

How many students are accepted each year? What is the admission average of your accepted students?
This information is not available to students. Our enrolment varies from year to year and all of our applications are reviewed.

Is it possible to take only the ABA courses?
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.

Is it possible to take only practicum courses?
No.

Is it possible to take courses without enrolling in a specific ADS program?
No.

If I apply to the MADS can I write a thesis if my intention is to further complete a doctorate program that requires having a Master’s thesis?
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.

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

Is there a course schedule available to have an estimation about the days and hours of commuting?
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.

Do you offer a Ph.D. program in Applied Disability Studies and ABA?
Future plans for ADS include a Ph.D. program.

When might the Ph.D. program launch?
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.

Is the MADS program in Ottawa offered in conjunction with another university?
No, despite having satellite locations in various cities (Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton), MADS programs are exclusively Brock University programs.

How do I find out if my degree is considered equivalent to an Ontario Honours degree?
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.

What is a related degree?
Applied Behaviour Analysis, Psychology, Child & Youth Studies, Education, Sociology, Applied Linguistics, Applied Health and Nursing.

Is a Graduate Record Exam required for admission?
This is not required; if you submit GRE scores they will not be reviewed with your application.

Must I provide proof of English proficiency?
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.

How do I apply?
Complete application instructions can be found here. Please read ALL of the application instructions before proceeding.

What if I have trouble with my application?
Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Who can answer my application questions?
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.

I am a Brock graduate, where do I get transcripts?
Please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Where do I send my official (unopened, sealed) transcripts?
Send transcripts DIRECTLY to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How do I choose a potential thesis supervisor?
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.

When does the application system open?
The OUAC application process usually opens in early October.

What is the application deadline?
Application deadlines can be found here.

Are applications reviewed past the noted deadline?
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.

If I want to apply to more than one of your programs must I submit more than one application?
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.

If I am applying to both the MA and MADS program do I need more than one statement of intent?
It is recommended that students tailor their statements of intent to reflect the program applied for. More information can be found here.

In what format do I submit my CV?
A CV is required for the application process and must be provided in the format here.

Can I change my specialization, ABA>General : General>ABA?
Please contact ADS for further information.

Can I still apply if my average is less than 75%?
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.

Can I apply without ABA coursework?
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.

Am I eligible for transfer credits for courses taken at other institutions?
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.

Am I eligible for transfer credits for courses taken at other institutions outside of Canada?
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.

Am I eligible for transfer credits for courses taken online at other institutions?
Online courses do not qualify for transfer credits.

My friend received an offer of admission but my portal account says my file is still under review. Does that mean I did not get in?
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.

Why did my friend get in and I didn’t?
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.

When will I know if I got in or not?
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.

When will I find out which cohort I am in?
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.

What if I hold a 3-Year degree but have taken a College Diploma? Can I still apply?
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.

Can I still apply if I do not hold an undergraduate degree?
No.

Learn about the undergraduate upgrading courses here.

How much is tuition?
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.

Are there any additional fees?
Learn more here.

What are ancillary fees and do I have to pay them?
Learn more here.

Do I have funding options?
Learn about funding options please here.

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

Do I have to travel to St. Catharines for courses?
Courses are offered in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa.

When will the next cohort in Ottawa commence?
The next Ottawa cohort is tentatively scheduled to begin in Fall 2018/19.

Where are courses located?
Brock University – St. Catharines; Brock University – Hamilton; Ramada Plaza Downtown – Toronto.

What do I do if I am struggling with my course load?
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.

What do I do if I have to miss a class?
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.

How long will it take to complete my program as a full-time student?
Full-time students, provided all courses are taken/passed, can expect to be finished in 2 years.

How long will it take to complete my program as a part-time student?
Part-time students, provided all courses are taken/passed, can expect to be finished in 3 years.

How long will it take to complete the Graduate Diploma?
Provided all courses are taken/passed, students can expect to finish in 2 years.

When do courses start?
Courses commence in September of each year.

Is there a January start for the program?
Currently, ADS does not offer a January start.

Is there a Spring start for the program?
Currently, ADS does not offer a Spring start.

What course calendar do I refer to?
Students will always consult the graduate calendar specific to their entry year.

Where can I find a list of the required courses for each program?
Complete program requirements can be found on the calendar.

Where can I find the course sequence for the full-time MADS ABA specialization?
Please see the graduate calendar.

Where can I find the course sequence for the part-time MADS ABA specialization?
Please see the graduate calendar.

Where can I find the course sequence for the full-time MADS?
Please see the graduate calendar.

Where can I find the course sequence for the MA program?
Please see the graduate calendar.

Where can I find the course sequence for the graduate ABA diploma?
Please see the graduate calendar.

Where can I find the course descriptions?
Brief course descriptions can be found on the calendar.

How do I read the course codes?
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)

What are the durations?
D4 – May to August
D10 – September to December
D11 – January to April

What is my cohort and where do I get that information?
ADS will notify students of their cohort information via email to their Brock accounts.

What are the section numbers?
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.

Which courses do I register for?
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.

Where do I find my student self-serve account?
On the Brock Portal.

Learn about BACB here.

The BACB is updating their eligibility requirements for January 2022 – will coursework be effected?
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.

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

Where do I find my student number?
Your student number is found within your offer letter.

Where can I find Brock’s academic regulations and university policies?
You can locate this on the graduate calendar.

Where can I find information on Brock’s graduate student rights and responsibilities?
You can locate this on the graduate calendar.

Where can I find Brock’s current graduate calendar?
You can locate the graduate calendar here.

Where can I order transcripts?
You can order transcripts here.

What is Sakai/Isaak and how do I use it?
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.

Can I use my personal email for corresponding with the ADS?
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.

Where can I find ADS announcements?
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.

Are there opportunities to learn more about Faculty and to participate in Faculty research?
ADS recommends visiting the Faculty profiles online and speaking directly with Faculty for opportunities to volunteer in labs and on projects.

What do the following abbreviations mean?
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

What job opportunities exist for graduates of the MA program (ABA specialization)?

• 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

What job opportunities exist for graduates of the MADS program (ABA specialization)?

• 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

What job opportunities exist for graduates of the MA program (no specialization)?

• 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

What job opportunities exist for graduates of the MADS program (no specialization)?

• 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

Helpful Links

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