MS in Disability and Human Development

Dedicated to removing barriers to the full societal participation of people with disabilities

The master’s in disability and human development examines disability across the lifespan, emphasizing self-determination and community participation. We view people with disabilities as an underserved social minority, and are committed to removing barriers to their advancement in society.

Coming soon—an enhanced curriculum!

We’re working on exciting new changes to our master’s in disability and human development curriculum, so we’re not currently accepting new applicants.

If you’re passionate about human services, research, and scholarship in the disability field, consider our PhD in disability studies. We prepare scholars and researchers for leadership roles in the study of disability as a complex relationship between society and people who function differently from the norm.

We do accept qualified students without a master’s degree into our PhD program.

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Vladimir Cuk '07 advocates for people people with disabilities internationally
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graduate degree program in the nation focused on the interdisciplinary study of disability
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specializations: disability studies and social policy, and rehabilitation technology
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Tamar Heller argues for the majority of Illinois' institutions for persons with disabilities be closed immediately in "Going Home"
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large federally funded research and training centers

Your career

The field of disability studies is comprised of health researchers, social scientists, activists and advocates committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are able to participate fully in society.

Our program prepares leaders in community-based and governmental agencies, advocates in the disability-rights movement, and scholars seeking advanced degrees. We take an interdisciplinary approach and examine all aspects of society that uniquely impact the experience and development of people living with disabilities, so your studies will be relevant to any career—particularly those in education, healthcare and public service.

Understanding by doing

We don’t require clinical or service experiences as a part of our MS degree requirements, but our students are extremely active outside of the classroom. They take advantage of the opportunities available to them through our many research centers, community programs and two in-house clinical programs: the Assistive Technology Unit (ATU) and Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics.

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We're here for you

Do you want to be contacted when we have updates to our master’s program? Have questions on how to pursue our PhD in disability studies instead? Reach out when you need help and we’ll make sure you get the answers you need.

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