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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Medicine, Community Health Sciences MDCH Course-Based Degrees
Course-Based Degrees
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Disability and Community Studies (MDCS)*

A course-based degree examining the intersection between community, disability, chronic illness, and marginalizing conditions within a social justice framework. The goal is to generate research, leadership, capacity, innovation, and partnerships. The graduate program attracts professionals across disciplines and sectors. The MDCS is offered in an alternate delivery format (combined face-to-face and online) and has a differential tuition fee.

*Applications to this program are currently suspended.

2. Admission Requirements

a) Minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 on a four-point scale over the last two full years or equivalent.

b) Three years of experience in a field of practice in community rehabilitation.

c) A written statement and professional profile of past education and work experience.

d) Two letters of reference.

c) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language: see Medicine Programs.

4. Advanced Credit

Completed at a satisfactory level (minimum "B+") and within three years of admission to the graduate program, may be credited toward a student’s degree requirements.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the Department requires:

A minimum of 36 units.

Course descriptions and detailed outlines of courses offered by the Department of Community Health Sciences are found on the website at

They are also listed in the Courses of Instruction section of this Calendar.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

The Graduate programs in the Cumming School Medicine will not permit the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course offered by the Cumming School of Medicine.

Students may not choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students’ eligibility for internal awards.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

The Department does not normally give credit for undergraduate courses.

7. Time Limit

Expected completion time is 3 years (maximum six years).

8. Supervisory Assignments

A faculty member is assigned as a supervisor prior to the final project; supervisory committee is not required.

9. Required Examinations

A capstone project with a public presentation and paper will be required for completion of the degree. For further details, please see the Department website.

10. Research Proposal Requirements

Not applicable.

11. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, please see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.