Master of Disability and Community Studies (MDCS)

Disability and Community Studies

Master of Disability and Community Studies (MDCS)

Course-based program

*Note: Program is not currently accepting applications

Program overview

Fostering leadership and innovation that improves the lives of people with disabilities is a key aim of the Disability and Community Studies program. It is designed for professionals from several disciplines and professions who have a minimum of three years of accumulated work/life/volunteer experience with disability, chronic illness, and other marginalized conditions. The course-based program aims to advance knowledge, policy, practice and partnerships in Community Rehabilitation. The program is part of Community Health Sciences, which focuses on the intersection between population, public health, research, and education to promote the study of health and disease.

NOTE: This program is currently not accepting students.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics may include Leadership and Innovation, Social Construction and Health Capacity and more.
  • Presentation: Students will complete a capstone project/paper, presented publicly to their student cohort.


Policy analyst; researcher; academic; rehabilitation, case or respite worker; disability, behavioural or statistical consultant; recreation therapist; family outreach & advocacy; learning resource teacher; clinical trials biostatistician; epidemiologist; data/survey analyst; statistical programmer; psychometrician; knowledge broker; knowledge translation, prevention, development or health promotion specialist; scientific or program director.

A course-based master’s degree in disability and community studies is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

12 courses; capstone project and paper required to complete the program.

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

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    Stacey Page

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    Gregor Wolbring


Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • An up-to-date C.V. or resume
  • A written statement and professional profile of past education and work experience

Reference letters


Test scores


Community Rehabilitation

Three years of experience in a field of practice in community rehabilitation.

English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


This program is currently not accepting students.

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Community Health Sciences

Health Science Centre, Room G345C
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 4N1

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Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, ABT2N 4N1

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