What will I learn?

The interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Applied Disability Studies is designed to prepare graduate students from a variety of disciplines to further their understanding of the experience of disability across the lifespan. Students will become familiar with research, advocacy, interventions, and policy that facilitate successful life outcomes for persons with disabilities.

The focus is placed on the application of the field of disability studies to enhance the preparation of graduate students to work in their chosen professional disciplines (e.g., education, healthcare, social work, counseling, gerontology, engineering, web design, psychology, technology, etc.). Through coursework and fieldwork from across Departments and Colleges in the University, students will learn to adopt a person-centered approach in their work with persons with disabilities.

Program Goals

The Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Disability Studies at CSULB has the following goals. The program will:

Introduce the candidate to concepts, approaches, strategies, and experience of disability across the lifespan

Promote a person-centered approach to facilitating life outcomes for individuals with disabilities

Familiarize the candidate with legal, ethical, civil rights, self-determination, technology, and advocacy issues associated with disability

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,408.00 per year
Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Education

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Blvd,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degrees.

For international students

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Disability Studies must have earned a Bachelor's degree and be matriculated in a post-baccalaureate program at CSULB.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 550; Internet-based (iBT) 80

IELTS 6.0 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 58

Program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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