Master’s Programs

Do you want a fulfilling career? The Department of Applied Disability Program is unique in Ontario and offers stimulating graduate academic programs that can lead to exciting careers in the disability sector.

Students in our program are taught by renowned teachers and researchers, and we regularly feature internationally renowned guest speakers. We offer full and part time options, with part time students able to take weekend courses so that they can keep working while getting their degree.

There are opportunities to gain real-world experience through our internship and practicum courses. We offer in person, blended and fully online courses. We go where the students are – currently, we offer courses in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and St. Catharines.


We offer a course sequence in the fast-growing field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that is needed for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Our ABA program has been instrumental in dramatically increasing the number of BCBAs in Ontario, with virtually all of our students getting jobs or promotions.

  • ADS is the only face-to-face ABA graduate program in Ontario
  • To accommodate working students, many of our courses are offered one or two weekends a month in various Ontario locations with online activities taking place in between weekends.
  • MA and full-time MADS students may be required to attend classes during the week at the St. Catharines campus.
  • Some online and blended course options are also offered.
  • All programs include 300-hours of experiential learning (practicum)
  • Employers report how impressed they are with our student’s knowledge of disabilities and ABA
  • ADS has consistently high pass-rates on the BCBA examination given by BACB


We offer a specialization geared toward students interested in pursuing graduate-level training in courses focused on leadership, community-engaged research and scholarship, and social policy relevant to the disability sector.

  • A new specialization for students interested in leadership, teaching, community-based programming, health care, inclusive and accessible environments, advocacy and social justice, and therapeutic and other services will enjoy the professional, personal and scholarly challenges offered through an applied and critical disability studies orientation
  • The program is designed to provide graduate-level training across key areas for career advancement in the disability sector.
  • To accommodate working students, courses are offered during the week and on weekends in the St. Catharines and the Hamilton/Burlington area. Some courses may be fully or partially online.
  • All programs include an internship to provide experiential learning
Degree programs

Degree programs

Student testimonials

Student testimonials