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Frequently Asked Questions About the Disability and Diversity Studies Certificate Program and Disability Studies Courses at the University of Hawaii

Question: Why should I take courses in Disability and Diversity Studies at the University of Hawaii?

Answer: Disability is an everyday part of the human experience. Whether you are a student, professional, person with a disability or family member of someone with a disability, disability is bound to impact your life or your profession. Our courses are designed to approach disability from a diversity perspective. This means that disability is viewed as a natural part of a diverse society made up of many kinds of people with many kinds of human characteristics. Our courses will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to understand and navigate disability issues in modern society.

Question: Is the Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies a Master’s program?

Answer: Our Program is a 15 credit sequence of 5 courses resulting in a graduate level Certificate. Our program is a great stepping stone or supplement to other graduate programs. Many Master’s and Doctoral students use our courses as cognates for other programs. Graduate and Undergraduate Disability Studies courses can also be taken as electives without enrollment in the Certificate Program.

Question: Do I have to come to Hawaii to take your courses?

Answer: All of our courses are currently entirely online. International and out-of-state students are advised to enroll in our courses via the UH Outreach College This requires an additional application but will mean you will be eligible for in-state tuition for our online courses.

Question: What is the cost of your courses?

Answer: Applicants to the Certificate Program must pay an application fee established by the Graduate Division. Undergraduate and Graduate course fees are the same as those for other courses at the University of Hawaii. Out-of-state and International students are advised to register for classes through the UH Outreach College. Please check the websites of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Outreach College for current application and course fees.

Question: Do you offer scholarships?

Answer: We do not offer scholarships via the Disability Studies program. However, the College of Education and the University of Hawaii do have some scholarships available. Please see this website for more information

Question: What is the deadline for applying for the Certificate Program?

Answer: We accept applications for the program year-round, although deadlines may apply for admission for the following semester. If you wish to apply for the Certificate, you must apply through the Graduate Division

Question: I have applied for the Certificate Program. Can I take courses before I am admitted to the Program?

Answer: Regardless of when you are admitted to the Certificate Program, you can still take courses right away that will count towards your Certificate.