Frequently Asked Questions

Centre for Applied Disability Studies




Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
What does ABA mean?
            ABA – Applied Behaviour Analysis
 
Do you offer an undergradute degree in ABA?
CADS is a graduate program, we do not offer undergraduate level courses. However, Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies offers a sequence of third and fourth year courses in ABA, which can be used toward fulfilling the course requirements for a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) offered by BACB.
 
Who is eligible for the Master's (MA) program?
 
Who is eligible for the Master of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) program?
 
Who is eligible for the Graduate Diploma program?
 
What is the difference between the MA and M.ADS programs?
 
Is it possible to take only the ABA courses?
No. CADS offers a Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies for persons who have completed a Master's degree. This non-degree Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies can include the ABA courses.  

Is it possible to take only practicum courses?
            No.
 
Is it possible to take courses without enrolling in a specific CADS program?
            No.

What can I expect the workload to be?
Courses are one weekend a month; despite this students can expect to require most evenings/weekends to complete readings and assignments.

Do you offer a Ph.D. program in Applied Disability Studies and ABA?
            Future plans for CADS include a Ph.D. program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
How do I find out if my degree is considered equivalent to an Ontario Honours degree?
Students who obtained a Bachelor's degree from a university outside of Ontario may have a 4-year non-honours degree that is considered equivalent to the Ontario Honours degrees – 4-year non-honours Bachelor's degrees from Canadian/U.S. accredited universities are usually considered equivalent.  Students holding a 4-year non-honours degree are encouraged to apply, applications will be reviewed by the Committee and transcripts are individually assessed for equivalency.
 
Students who obtained their university degree outside of Canada/U.S. are to contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies directly for instruction on how to demonstrate degree equivalency.
 
Is a Graduate Record Exam required for admission?
This is not required; if you submit GRE scores they will not be reviewed with your application.
 
Must I provide proof of English proficiency?
If you attended university in a non-English speaking country you will be required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency, further information can be found here: https://experience.brocku.ca/Graduate_Study/EnglishLanguageProficiency.ezc
 
How do I apply?
Complete application instructions can be found here: https://experience.brocku.ca/Graduate_Study/applynow.ezc
 

How do I choose a potential thesis supervisor?
Centre Faculty, Cross Appointed and Affiliated Faculty are able to act as thesis supervisors. MA applicants are encouraged to examine CADS Faculty research interests/publications. MA applicants are also encouraged to contact potential supervisors to discuss thesis research.

What is the application deadline?
Deadline for applications is January 15th of each year. https://discover.brocku.ca/Buffers/MADS.ezc
 
If I want to apply to more than one of your programs must I submit more than one application?
Should you choose to apply to more than one of CADS Graduate Programs you will have to submit more than one application. As such, more than one application fee will apply. 
 
Can I change my specialization, ABA>General : General>ABA?
            Please contact CADS for further information.
 
Can I still apply if my average is less than 75%?
CADS encourages persons who hold an honours degree to apply. Those with averages below 75% will be assessed and may be offered exceptional acceptance or recommended for qualifying courses.
 
Am I eligible for transfer credits for courses taken at other institutions?
Transfer credits are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the CADS office and must be requested at the time of application. Further information on transfer credit guidelines can be found here:  www.brocku.ca/webfm_send/28796
Am I eligible for transfer credits for courses taken at other institutions outside of Canada?
Transfer credits are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the CADS office and must be requested at the time of application. Further information on transfer credit guidelines can be found here:  www.brocku.ca/webfm_send/28796

 

Am I eligible for transfer credits for courses taken online at other institutions?
            Online course do not qualify for transfer credits.
 
My friend received an offer of admission but my portal account says my file is still under review.  Does that mean I did not get in?
No.  Your portal is the most up-to-date account of your application.  If it says the file is still under review, it is still under review.   Applications are reviewed individually.  This means it takes more time for decisions to be made.  However, this does give every student the most thorough and fair review possible.  Be patient, this process takes time and all applicants are notified one way or the other.
 
How come my friend got in and I didn’t?
Every individual and application is unique.  The programs offered are highly competitive and the smallest of difference in applications can equate to one being accepted and one not. We strongly caution students against comparing applications and responses.
 
When will I know if I got in or not?
The admissions process is ongoing until the program is full.  This process will sometimes go well into the summer months and we appreciate everyones patience.  Much of this process is dependent on the response times of students to existing offers – this makes timelines difficult to set and out of our control.  The sooner an offer is responded to, the sooner we can move on to the next offer.

 

 What if I hold a 3-Year degree but have taken a College Diploma?  Can I still apply?

A College Diploma is not equivalent to a 4th year honours at University.  If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, you can apply, but may not be admitted and instead be referred to taking our Qualifying Courses.  Admission recommendations rest with the admissions committe, and final decisions to admit are at the discretion of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

 

 
 
 
 
What are qualifying courses?
Qualifying Courses are available for students who do not meet the minimum criteria for admission to the M.ADS program. Successful completion of the recommended qualifying courses allow M.ADS applicants who previously did not meet the minimum entry criteria to be considered for admission to the M.ADS program. It is highly recommended applicants achieve a minimum of a "B" average in their qualifying courses to be considered strong applicants for admission to M.ADS.
 

How many qualifying courses will I have to take?
Upon applying, the CADS Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and determine which qualifying courses each student should take from available courses in order to meet graduate admissions equivalency. Generally, Students who hold only a 3-year degree will be assessed 5 courses,
 
Where can I find the course descriptions for the qualifying courses?

 

Where are the qualifying courses held?
 
When are the qualifying courses held?
 
How do I apply for qualifying courses?
Complete application instructions can be found here:
 
When is the application deadline for qualifying courses?

What is the credit value of the qualifying courses?
Qualifying courses are each .5 credits.
 
How much are the qualifying courses?
Qualifying courses are assessed at the undergraduate level (Arts or Sciences) – year 1. Complete information can be found here:  http://www.brocku.ca/finance/students/undergraduate

 

 

 
 
 
 
How much is tuition?
Tuition is set by Brock University in accordance with provincial government stipulations. MA student tuition may be offset by stipends/bursaries routinely offered to all full-time Brock MA students. Current tuition fees can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/finance/students/graduate
 
CADS programs are eligible for OSAP.  For complete OSAP information please visit:  https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal. Additional OSAP questions can be directed to the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid found here: http://brocku.ca/safa
 
Are there any additional fees?
 
What are ancillary fees?
 
Do I have to pay ancillary fees?
 
Do I have funding options?
For all other funding options please visit:  https://experience.brocku.ca/Graduate_Study/finance.ezc
 
 
 
 
 
NOTE: Course sequences for ALL programs are subject to change without notice. ALWAYS consult the course sechedule found at www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/centre-for-applied-disability/current-students/course-schedule.
 
Do I have to travel to St. Catharines for courses?
            Courses are offered in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa.
 
Where are courses located?
 
Can I choose my course location (cohort)?
Unfortunately, course locations are based on the program which students are enrolled in. CADS cannot guarantee all courses will be in locations most convenient to you. There is no application for Hamilton/Torornto specifically. Students apply to the program and are assigned a cohort based on program of study (MA, M.ADS, Graduate Diploma - full/part-time) and geographical location. Students will be notified of their cohort. There is no way to obtain your cohort information before accepting your offer of admission.  FT MADS is generally offered only in Hamilton but may also need to attend the St. Catharines Campus.  ALL MA students will study in Hamilton and St. Catharines. This information is provided at the orientation in the summer.
 
Should I work full-time and take courses?
Courses are offered on weekends; full-time students – 2 weekends per month: part-time students – 1 weekend per month. Graduate programs are intense, CADS is no different. Working students should note there is a considerable amount of readings/assignments to be completed between weekends and working students must reserve sufficient time to complete the readings/assignments.  You cannot work and study Full Time.  If you are working FT then you must study PT.
 
What do I do if I am struggling with my course load?
Communication is key. Contact the instructor immediately either in person or via email. Students who are not comfortable speaking/emailing instructors directly can contact the CADS director or administration.
 
What do I do if I have to miss a class?
The structure of the program is not conducive to missing class and is never recommended. Significant penalties are imposed for lost time. It is important to speak with the instructor if missing a class is necessary.
 
How long will it take to complete my program as a full-time student?
Full-time students, provided all courses are taken/passed, can expect to be finished in 2 years.
 
How long will it take to complete my program as a part-time student?
Part-time students, provided all courses are taken/passed, can expect to be finished in 3 years.
 
How long will it take to complete the Graduate Diploma?
Provided all courses are taken/passed, students can expect to finish in 2 years.
 
When do courses start?
            Courses commence in September of each year.
 
Is there a January start for the program?
            Currently, CADS does not offer a January start.
 
Is there a Spring start for the program?
            Currently, CADS does not offer a Spring start.
 

What course calendar do I refer to?
            Students will always consult the graduate calendar specific to their entry year.

 
Where can I find a list of the required courses for each program?
Complete program requirements can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/index.php
 
Where can I find the course sequence for the full-time M.ADS ABA specialization?
            Year 1 (Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P70, ADST 5P71, ADST 5P00, ADST 5P72
Year 2 (Spring/Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P50, ABA Elective, ADST 5P73, ADST 5P74, ADST 5P75, ADST 5P76
 
Where can I find the course sequence for the part-time M.ADS ABA specialization?
            Year 1 (Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P70, ADST 5P00
            Year 2 (Spring/Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P50, ADST 5P71, ADST 5P72
Year 3 (Spring/Fall/Winter) – ABA Elective, ADST 5P73, ADST 5P74, ADST 5P75, ADST 5P76
 
Where can I find the course sequence for the full-time M.ADS general specialization?
Year 1 (Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P55, ADST 5P14, ADST 5P00, ADST 5P15
Year 2 (Spring/Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P50, Elective, ADST 5P30, ADST 5P91, ADST 5P44, ADST 5P31, ADST 5P45
 
Where can I find the course sequence for the part-time M.ADS general specialization?
Year 1 (Fall/Winter/Spring) – ADST 5P55, ADST 5P00, ADST 5P50
Year 2 (Fall/Winter/Spring) – ADST 5P14, ADST 5P15, Elective, ADST 5P45
Year 3 (Fall/Winter) – ADST 5P30, ADST 5P44, ADST 5P31, ADST 5P45


Where can I find the course sequence for the MA program?
MA students will take the M.ADS sequence as noted above. MA students will also take ADST 5F60 with additional (optional) practicum.
 

Where can I find the course sequence for the graduate ABA diploma?
Year 1/Year 2 – ADST 5P70, ADST 5P71, ADST 5P72, ADST 5P73, ADST 5P74, ADST 5P75
 
Where can I find the course descriptions?
 
How do I read the course codes?
ADST 5P70 D10 S1 – reads: ADST (Applied Disability Studies) 5 (Graduate level) P (Credit value of .5) 70 (Course) D10 (Course duration) S1 (Section/Cohort)
 
What are the durations?
            D4 - May to August
D10 – September to December
D11 – January to April
 
What are the section numbers?
Section numbers are cohort locations. Students will be notified of their cohort and corresponding section number.
S1 – Toronto
S2 – Hamilton
S3 – Ottawa
 
Which courses do I register for?
Students must pay special attention to their section/cohort number and must register in the courses laid out in their enrolled program.  Complete information can be found here: www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/centre-for-applied-disability/current-students/course-schedule/how-to-register
 
Where do I find my student self-serve account?
 
 
 
 
 
What are the requirements for becoming BACB certified?
            Complete BACB certification requirements can be found here: http://www.bacb.com/
 
Is the course sequence approved by BACB?
            The ABA course sequence is designed to meet the new BACB task list (edition 4), pending BACB approval. 
            For more information on the approved BACB course sequence: contact Rosemary Condillac.
 
Is the course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International?
The ABA course sequence is not approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Future plans for CADS includes obtaining ABA course sequence approval through the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
 
Will I obtain the necessary coursework to be eligible for the BCBA certification?
Take/pass all the required courses and obtain your degree; you will have the necessary degree and course work to meet the BACB criteria for applying to be a BCBA. This is not the only BACB certification requirement, for the official BACB certification requirements please visit: http://www.bacb.com/
 
Will I obtain the necessary supervised experience hours to be eligible for the BCBA certification?
Supervised experience hours are not the responsibility of CADS. Working students often obtain these hours through their place of employment. Within the MA program: CADS offers supervised practicum credits, these credits alone do not fulfill all of the supervised experience hours required for BACB. CADS may be able to assist students in finding a placement/supervisor. This is not the only BACB certification requirement, for the official BACB certification requirements please visit: http://www.bacb.com/
 
 
 
 
 
Where can I find Brock’s academic regulations and university policies?
 
Where can I find information on Brock’s graduate student rights and responsibilities?
            www.brocku.ca/webcal/2014/graduate/gsrr.html

Where can I find Brock’s current graduate calendar?
 
What is Sakai/Isaak?
Sakai/Isaak is Brock’s web based learning management system, it facilitates learning by creating private communities for exchanging information such as dates, files, notes and other resources. Sakai/Isaak also provides communication tools like mail and discussion boards. Further information can be found here: https://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/FAQ
 
How do I use Sakai/Isaak?
            User information can be found here: https://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/Help
 
Does CADS have a mailing list to keep up to date on the program and Centre events?
            Please contact CADS to be included on the mailing list.
 
Can I use my personal email for corresponding with the CADS?
Correspondence with CADS may be done through personal email addresses. However, once you have accepted an offer, correspondence is then limited to your assigned Brock address. Do not forward your Brock email to another personal email address (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail etc.). Email assistance can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/information-technology/email
 
Where can I find CADS announcements?
            Community persons can find all of our announcements at: http://www.brocku.ca/cads
            Students can find all of our announcements on Sakai at: https://lms.brocku.ca/portal
 
What do the following abbreviations mean?
ABA – Applied Behaviour Analysis
ABAI – Association for Behavior Analysis International
BACB – Behavior Analyst Certification Board
BCaBA – Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
BCBA – Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BCBA-D – Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral-level
IBI – Intensive Behaviour Intervention
IT – Instructor Therapist
MA – Master of Arts
M.ADS – Master of Applied Disability Studies
OCGS – Ontario Council of Graduate Studies