Graduate Certificate in Disability Services

Prepare to hold a disability services position in a higher education institution with Suffolk University's Graduate Certificate in Disability Services. This certificate will provide you with comprehensive and practical training grounded in research and known best practices in the field. To complement your online classroom learning, you’ll apply your knowledge in the field during your practicum experience in a disability services office at a college or university.


This 12-credit program is both thorough and expedited. You can complete the Graduate Certificate in Disability Services within an academic year if you take two courses each semester.

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Applying to the Graduate Certificate in Disability Services

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

Cost Per Credit (2021-2022)
For part-time students

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume, including prior disability services experience, if applicable
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Learn more)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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"The DSHE certificate program at Suffolk was focused on what I wanted to learn and balanced classroom learning with practical experience. My coursework provided a foundation for the work I did in my internship. My instructors shared their knowledge, resources and professional experiences. My internship helped me land my current position and helped me gain the skills I needed for a successful career change."

Tanya Milete, DSHE '19, she/her Accessibility Coordinator, Framingham State University

“The faculty are established professionals in the field of disability services in higher education. Having the opportunity to learn from their experiences, get their feedback, and ask questions of them that came up for me as a professional has been so helpful. Creating connections with them has been one of the most valuable takeaways from the program as professional new to the work of disability services”

Kelly Hojnacki, DSHE '21, she/her

"I've really enjoyed interacting with other students in the program. I was worried that being online would make it difficult to have fruitful discussions, but it everyone takes the discussion posts seriously and we were able to really engage and learn from each other. The faculty care about my success and education, which makes this program feel more personal."

Madison Steinman, DSHE '21, she/her