Disability Management (MA Program)

Website: www.unbc.ca/health-sciences/disability-management

The program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist labour, management, insurance providers, employers, and employees with the development of successful work-entry or return-to-work strategies for persons with disabilities.

The program is attractive to students interested in integrating the fields of economics, community health, social work, psychology, education, and business. The combination of course work, research, and the application of knowledge gives students a well-rounded, applied education in the field of Disability Management.

The program is also available at the Prince George campus, either full-time or part-time, or on a part-time basis via distance delivery on the World Wide Web. Please see the information below and our website www.unbc.ca/disability-management for additional details.


Application deadlines can be found in the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations section of the Graduate calendar.  

The Disability Management MA Program accepts students for the September Semester.

In addition to meeting the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Admissions and Regulations, all applicants to the Disability Management MA program are required to submit a Criminal Record Check search prior to the first day of classes in their entry semester.

Domestic applicants must supply a Criminal Record Check search result after receiving an offer of admission and before the first day of classes. The search result is not required with the application.  International applicants must submit a Criminal Record Check search result completed by their local policy authority upon application, and will also be required to submit a British Columbia Criminal Record Check if offered admission. The Office of the Registrar will provide instruction to domestic and international applicants who have accepted offers of admission on how to complete a British Columbia Criminal Record Check.

Delivery Modes

Thesis Option

The Thesis Option consists of four components:
Core courses in Disability Management
12 credits
Research methods courses6 credits
Electives9 credits
Thesis (DISM 799-9)9 credits
Total36 credits
All students in the Thesis Option are required to write a letter outlining their applied experience relevant to thetheory, research and practice of Disability Management, and rationale for taking the 9 credit Thesis Option. If the scope of their experience is considered insufficient by the program they will be required to take the Comprehensive exam option (see below). In addition, all students in the Thesis Option are required to travel to the Prince George campus to fulfill some of their thesis requirements.

Comprehensive Examination Option:

The Comprehensive Examination Option consists of four components:
Core courses in Disability Management12 credits
Research methods courses6 credits
Electives15 credits
Comprehensive Exam3 credits
Total36 credits


Core Courses
Professional Ethics in Health Care Management 
DISM 710-3Foundations in Disability Management
DISM 711-3Disability Management: Legislation, Policy & Procedures
DISM 712-3Disability Management Interventions
Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the student's Supervisory Committee.

Research Courses
Additional two courses from the following:
EDUC 602-4 Quantitative Research Design and Data Analysis
EDUC 603-4Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis
HHSC 603-3 Community Research Methods
HHSC 703-3Qualitative Research Approaches in Health and Human Sciences
NURS 703-3Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation
PSYC 600-4 Univariate Statistics
PSYC 605-4Multivariate Statistics
SOCW 609-3Advanced Quantitative Research
Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the student's supervisory committee.

Elective Courses
Candidates must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following list:
DISM 720-3Special Topics
DISM 798-(3-6)Directed Studies
ECON 610-3Health Economics
ECON 611-3Cost Benefit Analysis
EDUC 613-3Interpersonal Counselling Skills
EDUC 609-3Aboriginal/Indigenous Learners: History, Culture, and Ways of Knowing
HHSC 602-3Organization and Financing of Canadian Health Care
NURS 604-3The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples
POLS 603-3Social and Health Policy in the Context of Health and Health Care
Health Psychology
SOCW 605-3Community Work/Politics of Change
SOCW 698-3Special Topics
Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the student's Supervisory Committee. 

Comprehensive Examination, or Thesis
DISM 796-3Disability Management Comprehensive Examination
DISM 799-9Disability Management Thesis
Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination option of study requires the successful completion of a comprehensive examination that evaluates a candidate's knowledge of theory, research and practices in his/her field of study.


An oral examination is required as per University regulations.  All students taking the thesis option will be required to be in Prince George for the oral examination.

Updated July 31, 2019