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Master's Program

The Master's in Comparative and International Disability Policy program offers the flexibility of being completed in one year over three terms - Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters - or on an extended part-time basis.

The Master's degree consists of 39 credits total.

  • 24 credits are allotted for core courses
  • 9 credits are allotted for specializations/elective courses
  • 6 credits are allotted for a practicum project or Master's thesis

There are currently two specializations possible within the CIDP program:

  1. Disability Studies
  2. Management and Leadership

Core Categories (24 Credits Total)

Required Core Courses (15 credits)

  • International Relations Theory and Disability Rights
  • Introduction to Disability Policy Analysis
  • Microeconomics for Public and Disability Policy Analysis
  • Disability and Social Policy (Mandatory Second Term)
  • Disability Policy and Organization: UNCRPD

Required Research Methods (6 credits)

  • Research Seminar: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches
    (Mandatory First Term)
  • Informing and Evaluating Policy

Required Communication and Technology (3 credits - one of the following)

  • Assistive and Adaptive Technology
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Collaboration
  • Professional Development for Disability Policy Practitioners

Specialization/Elective Categories (9 Credits Total)

Sample Courses Within Disability Studies Specialization:

  • Disability Ethics
  • Disability Leadership
  • Gender Equity and Disability Issues
  • Disability and Diversity

Sample Courses Within Management and Leadership Specialization:

  • Strategic Communication
  • International Negotiations for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Public and Non-Profit Management and Leadership
  • Communication, Culture, and Social Entrepreneurship

Practicum Project or Master's Thesis (6 Credits Total)

  • Practicum Project

SIS 793 Practicum Seminar:
Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Global Virtual Teams: Disability, Development, and Diplomacy
This interdisciplinary practicum explores the rapidly expanding practice of geographically distributed collaboration in international and regional organizations through virtual communities and teams. Practicum participants will learn how to build and evaluate global virtual teams and cross-cultural collaboration strategies to help leading international organizations accomplish their global strategic goals. A combination of theory and practice, geographically distributed students will work with real organizations throughout the duration of the course. Organizations include: The World Bank Group: Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development; General Election Network for Disability Access; Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability/UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment.

  • Supervised Master's Thesis