Prospective Student


The Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies is a joint program initiative of the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. This is the first graduate program of its kind in Canada. Experts from community disability organizations are also involved in the course delivery as guest speakers, lecturers or facilitators as provided for by University regulations.

The objectives of this program in Disability Studies are as follows:

  • To promote interdisciplinary work in Disability Studies
  • To provide graduate students with an opportunity to apply their undergraduate degrees and work experience to an interdisciplinary Master's degree program in Disability Studies
  • To meet the demand from students, staff and organizations for persons with disabilities for an interdisciplinary graduate program in Disability Studies
  • To facilitate and encourage the involvement of leaders in the disability community and at the University of Manitoba to be educators, researchers and decision makers
  • To enhance employment opportunities for persons with disabilities
  • To promote greater access to the University for persons with disabilities.

The Interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Disability Studies program allows the pursuit of interdisciplinary graduate education in this area. It also accommodates students from other faculties and professions who are interested in enhancing their knowledge in the field. The program presents a core body of courses in the field of Disability Studies, while at the same time, providing a broad complement of discipline-specific electives in other departments and faculties.

There is a diverse group of faculty members at the University of Manitoba with expertise in Disability Studies. They are in Architecture, Community Health Sciences, Economics, Education, Family Studies, Medical Rehabilitation, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Education and Recreation, Social Work, Sociology and Women's Studies.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies section of the Graduate Calendar. Graduates of honours or equivalent programs at the University of Manitoba (or equivalent from other recognized universities) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours, are eligible for direct admission to a course of study leading to the Master's degree. Students who have completed a University of Manitoba Pre-Master's program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are also eligible for admission. Pre-Master's programs which have been taken at other universities may be accepted.

Students with undergraduate degrees from a wide range of disciplines - such as Architecture, Arts, Education, Human Ecology, Management, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education Physical Therapy, Recreation Studies, Science, Social Work and Women's Studies - will be considered eligible to apply if they meet the above requirements.

Option in Disability Studies

Students in other programs who wish to incorporate a focus on disability studies may do so by taking the Option in Disability Studies. This would include taking two of the core courses.

Some students registered in other graduate programs may also take a disability studies core course as an elective.

Core Courses

Course Number. Course Title Cr. Hr
*DS 7010*Disability Studies
*prerequisite for all other DS 7000 courses
DS 7020History of Disability3.0
DS 7030Evaluation and Application of Research Methods in Disability Studies3.0
DS 7040Selected Topics in Disability Studies3.0

Master's Degree in Disability Studies

24 credit hours including: 18 credit hours of required course work - the 4 core courses plus 3 credit hours Research Methods course; 6 credit of elective course work; plus a thesis the 6 credit hours of elective courses can be taken from courses offered at the 3000, 4000, 5000 or 7000 level, to be determined between the student and program advisor.

students will be required to maintain a minimum GPA 3.0 with no individual course graded below a C+

To pursue a M.Sc. students will be required to have an undergraduate degree in Science. They must also take at least 6 credit hours of electives at the 7000 level in science subjects in those Faculties offering the M.Sc.

Master's Degree - The 4 core courses shown above
- 3 credit hours of an external Research Methods course
- thesis
6 Credit Hours
Option in Disability Studies History of Disability studies
ds 7010 or ds 7030

Application Information

Application Deadlines
for sessions startingInternationalCanadian/US
SeptemberMarch 1June 1
JanuaryJuly 1October 1

Note: There are no admissions in May or July at this time.


The following link is to the Graduate Studies admissions area of the website. Graduate Studies admissions area
Statement of Interest Guidelines (required for admission) (PDF)
Disability Studies supplementary document for admission (PDF)

For Further Information

Tanis Woodland
Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies
Room 128, Education Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3T 2N2

Telephone: (204) 474-7017
Fax: (204) 474-6676

Note: In the event of any inconsistencies between the information, and the University's Graduate Calendar, the Calendar entry shall prevail.

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