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MA Leadership in Disability Services

This interdisciplinary degree is designed to provide diverse, talented graduate students with knowledge, skills, and understanding essential for leadership roles in agencies and organizations that provide individualized, person directed services to people with disabilities and their families.

In an effort to make this program accessible to more students, costs have been reduced for this program from the standard UD rate of  $1,720/credit hour for graduate programs to only $650/credit (2017/2018 rate).  

Program Information

UD’s M.A. in Leadership in Disability Services (LDS) is an interdisciplinary program jointly offered by the University of Delaware’s Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, the School of Education and the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. The program offers a Master’s degree that is directly relevant to real-world work in the disability services field. Students can specialize in one of the areas below or can design their own area of specialization:

  • Health, Family, and Disability
  • Leadership and Management
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Autism and Significant Disability

LDS students will complete 30 credit hours, including 27 credits of coursework and a 3-credit internship. The internship requirement can be waived for students who have had full-time professional experience in the disability field. In the capstone experience, each student will plan and implement a leadership project for an organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities. This capstone project culminates in a final written paper and oral presentation.  

Why Work in the Disability Field?

The disability field is growing exponentially. As a result, there is a significant need for leaders who have the knowledge base and organizational management skills to work in positions of responsibility in agencies that provide, oversee and evaluate disability services. As importantly, emerging leaders working in the disabilities field need a thorough understanding of and respect for, individuals with disabilities and their families.

This was the impetus for the creation of the M.A. in Leadership in Disability Services.

Our program will invite you to assume a leadership role and participate in interdisciplinary work in a field that is rooted in human rights and social justice. Potential employment settings include children- and adult-focused disability agencies, local and state educational settings, employment and vocational rehabilitation agencies, state and county departments of disability, advocacy associations, human rights organizations, and universities.  

For more information

  • To learn more about admission requirements, courses and internships, visit UD’s Graduate Catalog.
  • If you want to talk about this program and decide if it may be right for you, contact the Program Director: Nancy Weiss, College of Health Sciences –

  Click here to Apply. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.          

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