Master of Arts in Disability Studies

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  • Respected Partnerships - Joni and Friends International Disability Center

The Master of Arts in Disability Studies at California Baptist University is a distance learning degree program designed to develop expertise in human differences. Beyond preparing professionals to lead, establish and shape disability programs, ministries and policies, the Disability Studies program prepares graduates to challenge and change the way society and organizations relate to people with disabilities.

Students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in two distinct areas of the field:

CBU Disability Studies Program Director, Dr. Jeff McNair
CBU Disability Studies Program Director, Dr. Jeff McNair is an active leader in the disability community internationally. He is the Executive Director of National Association of Christians in Special Education (NACSPED) and advisor to numerous advocacy organizations including Joni and Friends.

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The Disability Policy Concentration is designed for professionals interested in shaping policies that impact persons with disabilities. Specialized coursework prepares students to take a proactive role in defining and enacting policies at the government, corporate, or organizational level that reflect and recognize the needs and value of people with disabilities. As policy shapers and makers, graduates are ideally positioned to become agents of positive change within their organization and beyond.

The Disability Ministry Concentration recognizes and responds to the growing presence of people with disabilities within the church. Students in this concentration complete specialized coursework that prepares them to establish, build and lead disability ministries within a congregational setting. Graduates will be agents for change within the Christian church around the world.

The Disability Studies program offers a highly reflective curriculum that challenges students to reexamine, reevaluate, and redefine perceptions of what it means to be disabled—as well as what it means to be human. Practicum components within coursework enable candidates to gain valuable hands-on experience, working with and for people with disabilities, in a setting of their choice that best reflects their professional goals.

CBU Online - Master of Arts in Disability Studies

Interdisciplinary courses illuminate the intersections between a broad range of academic fields—health, education, sociology, law, politics, philosophy, and theology—as they apply to persons with disabilities. Combining theory, evaluation, and experiential learning, the M.A. in Disability Studies prepares leaders and thinkers to challenge and change the way communities, organizations, government agencies, and religious institutions interact and engage with people experiencing disabilities.

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 2 recommendations
  • 500 word essay
  • Interview with Director
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss options at 951.343.3900 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 33 units to graduate
  • Per unit cost is $510
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
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Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Arts in Disability Studies will complete twenty-one (21) units of core and research courses and twelve (12) units concentration from one of the following concentrations: Disability Ministry or Policy. Students will complete field work hours as part of the program course requirements.

Master of Arts in Disability Studies Major Program (33 units)

Core Courses (15 units)

Survey of Disability
Introduction to Disability Studies
History and Politics of Disability Policy
Legal and Ethical Issues in Disability
Introduction to Leadership and Organizational Theory

Concentration Courses (12 units)
All students in the Master of Arts in Disability Studies will complete twelve (12) units from one of the following concentrations: Disability Ministry, or Disability Policy

Disability Ministry (12 units)

Current Christian Perspectives on Disability
Disability and Pastoral Care
Disability Ministry
Social Role Valorization and Human Supports

Disability Policy (12 units)

Current Christian Perspectives on Disability
Sociology of Disability
Social Role Valorization and Human Supports
Disability Policy

Research and Capstone Requirements (7 units)

Research Seminar I
Research Seminar II
Project
Thesis

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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