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Program Requirements (9 credits) The course sequencing is designed to allow a student to complete the graduate certificate in 12 months or less. Students complete the following three courses (9 credits) to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies:

  • DIS 500: Contemporary Disability Theory 3cr. offered online in the summer
  • DIS 520: Disability: Advanced Interaction of Human Diversity and Global Environments 3cr. offered online in the spring
  • DIS 530: Disability Policy 3cr. offered online in the fall

Course Descriptions

General Overview Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Certificate 

The certificate program is a progressive 9 credit graduate-level curriculum in which individuals from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds can study with students and professionals from other fields to acquire specialized knowledge in disability theory, policy and research.

Three online asynchronous courses examine disability theory, policy, and practices that address disability needs, rights and interventions. The Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies provides a valuable credential for those currently working in direct services (i.e., rehabilitation, nursing, social work or education); the creation of accessible environments and products (web designer, landscape architect, or engineer); or those interested in or involved with disability and human rights policy. The program is open to individuals who have obtained a baccalaureate degree, including those who seek only the certificate; individuals who want to study in one or more of the courses without seeking the certificate; and students currently matriculated in masters and doctoral programs.

Visit the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies website for additional information.

What can I do with a Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies?

A few examples of individuals who would benefit from this sequence of study in the certificate program include the following:

  • An engineer interested in crafting sporting equipment for adaptive kayaking and canoeing;
  • An artist examining the changes in depiction of people with disabilities in painting;
  • An educator interested in progressive technology for educating students with disabilities in public education;
  • social worker interested in advocating for civil rights for marginalized populations including people with disabilities;
  • musician interested in studying alternative ways to perform to audiences who cannot hear;
  • student enrolled in graduate education in the professional fields, humanities, and all sciences who is interested in disability-related research and scholarship.


When you are ready to apply, please first review these Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application here.


Dr. Stephen F. Gilson, Graduate Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies at 207.581.1263 (v) or email: stephen.gilson@umit.maine.edu.

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Faculty

All of the expert faculty members’ profiles can be found by clicking on their names below.

Elizabeth DePoy, Ph.D., IDS Professor

Stephen Gilson, Ph.D., IDS Coordinator and Professor

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