Master of Science in Disability Services in Higher Education

Format: Online

The MS in Disability Services in Higher Education online degree program is the first program of its kind in the country and equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to provide mandated accommodations to students with disabilities in higher education settings. The coursework includes theoretical, conceptual, and practical information that provides students with sound philosophical grounding in addition to building skills that they will apply in the field.

The curriculum for the degree was developed with the participation of disability service office directors, lawyers familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADA/AA) as it applies to colleges and universities, assistive technology specialists, and educators to ensure that graduates will be prepared to assume significant responsibility in providing accommodations to post-secondary students with disabilities.

As a student in this program, you will enhance your knowledge and skills to successfully:

  • Advocate for equal access for students with disabilities in college settings
  • Develop policies and guidelines for provision of services to students with disabilities
  • Support students with learning, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities; veterans with service-related disabilities, and those on the autism spectrum
  • Arrange access in dormitories, libraries, computer labs, and public college events
  • Enter or advance in a career as a Disability Service specialist

Career Prospects

The Master's Degree in Disability Services in Higher Education is ideal for disability services office staff in colleges and universities, student services staff members or higher education administrators. Accommodations specialists working in institutions serving the public such as sports arenas, libraries, parks, churches or social service offices will also find the coursework very valuable.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

Experience in providing disability services is valuable but not essential. 

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2018 are due by December 7, 2017

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Student/Alumni Profiles

Lisa Young

MS in Disability Services in HIgher Education

"So far, my studies have really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I am usually very shy, but I have already had the chance to connect with people and attend conferences."

Leonard Blades

MS in Disability Services in HIgher Education

"I saw the degree as an opportunity to give back and help other students with disabilities, the same way I was once assisted, so that they can obtain their desired degree. "

Linda Yau

MS in Disability Services in HIgher Education

" At this point, I can say that online degree programs appear to be the new frontier of exploring and experiencing academic achievement for people who are working professionals."

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On Thursday, September 16, 2016, Friends of Asha Niketan held their annual luncheon during which time they honored Dr. Mariette Bates, academic director of the disability studies programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), for her contributions, leadership, and advocacy in academia and the human services field.