Master in Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) with Specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

International Master's Program in Applied Disability Studies M.ADS

Master in Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) with Specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

Please Note: The following program is pending approval. Please do not contact CADS for further details and/or admission information. Please watch this site for the most up to date information.


CADS Mandate - The mandate of the Centre for Applied Disability Studies is to contribute to the betterment of the lives of persons with disabilities by providing multidisciplinary, quality postgraduate education to the next generation of professionals, researchers and educators, as well as to experienced professionals in the field.

Faculty are internationally respected in disabilities and applied behaviour analysis. Students will be able to experience a stimulating program of study that meets their current and future interests and career aspirations. Our ABA course sequence is designed to meet the new BACB task list (edition 4), pending BACB approval.


ABA - Applied Behaviour Analysis uses evidence-based behavioural interventions to solve socially relevant problems. ABA has been widely applied across settings that support people with disabilities including schools, hospitals and mental health facilities.

Program Details - The CADS International Master’s program In Applied Disability Studies with specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (M.ADS/ABA) is located at Brock University, in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. The program will provide you with a graduate level education in the principles and practices of ABA when supporting people with disabilities.

In addition to earning the M.ADS. degree, graduating students will have the necessary coursework to apply for certification through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) (approval pending). This international certification is recognized in many countries around the world, and governments in many countries (e.g., China, India) are expanding the availability of ABA services to people with disabilities living there. A major obstacle to expanding these services abroad is the lack of Graduate Level University Training available in those countries. The CADS M.ADS international program is designed to help bridge that gap.

You will study and live in Canada for approximately 36 months. In your first year, you will complete ESL studies, and some preparatory classes relating to applied disability studies and applied behaviour analysis to ensure a solid grounding in these areas prior to embarking on graduate level coursework. In the second and third years of the program, you will complete your Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS.) program, which includes 5 full credits of coursework as well as experience hours. Throughout your program, you will participate in active experience to learn to apply what you are learning to help people with a wide-range of disabilities (e.g. autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, acquired brain injuries).


Admission Requirements
• Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in psychology, or a closely related discipline with a minimum 75% average (in the last 2 years of undergraduate studies) from an accredited institution.
• Proof of English Language Proficiency: Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary study at a Canadian institution or at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the accepted programs/examinations outlined on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website:
• Applicants must be interviewed in English prior to submitting their formal application package

English as a Second Language (ESL) Requirement
All students accepted into the program are required to complete an ESL program, as needed, starting in the year prior to the M.ADS program. In addition to the ESL training, the program gives new students a period of acclimatization in Canada and on campus.

Core Courses
• Research Methods in ABA
• Principles and Applications of ABA
• Assessment & Treatment in ABA
• Implementation of ABA
• Ethics in ABA


Potential Career Paths - Earning an M.ADS/ABA degree prepares you for careers relating to the clinical application of ABA in a variety of settings including but not limited to:
• Hospitals
• Schools
• Mental Health Programs
• Community Services
• Early Intervention Programs
• Autism and Developmental Disability Services
• Family Support Services
• Orphanages



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