Students discussing the new Loras Master of Arts in Disability Studies.

Master of Arts in Disability Studies

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Quick Highlights

Be a part of a diverse community of scholars, researchers, and advocates equipped with the knowledge, skills, and ethical awareness necessary to effect positive change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their communities.


Fully online classes (synchronous)

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30 credits, 1 or 2-year completion

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Spring, summer, and fall semester start


Applicable to all majors and careers

Important Deadlines

Application due December 1 / Spring Semester
Application due May 1 / Summer Semester
Application due August 1 / Fall Semester

Program Overview

Our program encourages students to engage with disability through a multidisciplinary lens, drawing from fields like education, literature, law, criminal justice, and media.

The program is designed to be accessible to individuals with diverse abilities, ensuring that our learning environment reflects universal design principles and fosters a sense of belonging for all participants.

Students will develop the tools and skills necessary to challenge assumptions, deconstruct biases, and contribute to the evolving body of knowledge in disability studies.

Students will engage with local, national, and global communities, working alongside disability organizations, advocacy groups, and individuals with disabilities to co-create solutions and drive positive change.

Graduates of the program will be equipped to be change agents in addressing systemic barriers and promoting social justice with disabilities through policy analysis and grassroots activism.

Through the exploration of personal narratives, lived experiences, and creative expressions, students will cultivate a profound understanding of the lived realities of individuals with disabilities.

Why Choose Loras

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Career Focused

Personalized attention from well-respected faculty gives you the tools you need to succeed, and flexible class formats allow you to continue working and networking while you pursue your degree.


Choose from seven accredited and widely recognized master’s degrees and one postbaccalaureate program. Continue your current career or discover a new career path that’s right for you.

Grad Chat

All prospective graduate and professional education students can schedule a casual, personalized Zoom conversation with both the program director of your academic program of interest as well as the director of graduate admission, to learn more about the classes, internships, outcomes, enrollment processes, and much more. Get a true sense of what grad school is like from a faculty member you will be closely working closely.