M.A. Program in
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Intellectual Disability/Autism

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in Developmental Disabilities

  • M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (On Campus)

  • M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (Online) Learn More

The MA Program in Developmental Disabilities is designed for students who seek additional knowledge in developmental disabilities, but do not want teacher certification.  The program provides a unique interdisciplinary perspective to prepare professionals and researchers for leadership roles in community, post-secondary, vocational, and employment settings, non-traditional teaching environments, agencies, and research settings.  

Students will engage in interdisciplinary coursework in special education and across other disciplines (e.g., psychology, health, and/or leadership), gain specialized preparation for working with individuals with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and gain expertise in designing effective programming for individuals with the full range of learning and behavior characteristics.

The program is ideal for students who seek a Master’s degree before applying to doctoral programs, and who are interested in studying the development of children, adolescents or adults with developmental disabilities; those students who are interested in leadership careers in community programs that serve people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan; and educators seeking a master’s degree with advanced training in developmental disabilities (particularly ASD) who do not seek certification.  This 32-credit program typically takes one year to complete (Fall through Spring) on a full-time basis, and can also be completed on a part time schedule.  The online program provides the same rigorous curriculum as the in-person program, with the added flexibility of an asynchronous format.  The online program will begin in Summer 2018. 


Applicants to the M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (online and on-campus) are not required to hold any teaching certification. This program does not lead to certification.

The online program begins in the Summer semester. The on-campus program begins in the Fall. 

Application Deadlines:

Priority: January 15

Regular: April 15

Although admission is rolling after the April 15 deadline, applying by this deadline is recommended to guarantee a timely response.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Completed application form and application fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

The GRE is not required for admission to this program. For more information about the application process, view the Admissions Instructions for Degree Programs.


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