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Dual Admission – Developmental Disabilities

Bachelor's Degree and Master of Science Degree in Developmental Disabilities

Our dual admission program in developmental disabilities is available for freshmen and transfer students. Millions of children and adults in the United States have one or more developmental disabilities. Like anyone else, they deserve access to programs and services that help them lead full, active lives. You can help empower them. Students who participate in this dual admission program at the bachelor’s level will have a reserved spot in our Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities program at NSU.

By committing to pursue this dual admission program, you will make a difference in your life, while you make a difference in the lives of others. You'll learn from faculty with professional expertise outside of the classroom and have hands-on opportunities to work with a diverse population of individuals from the young child to the senior adult. Your coursework will arm you with the knowledge you need to champion for solutions, so you can make a lasting impact.

There are different concentration tracks available, which include:

  • Leadership/Advocacy
  • Adult Services/Transition
  • Early Childhood
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Child Life Specialist

Individuals seeking careers in/as a Program Director (nonprofit), Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Interventionist, Transition Specialist, Job Coach, Child Life Specialist (with Child Life Specialist concentration), Developmental Specialist, Case Manager, Vocational Counselor, and Advocate, Behavior Analyst or Assistant Behavior Analyst (with ABA concentration) would benefit greatly from pursuing this degree program. In addition, students interested in more specialized knowledge in the field before pursuing doctoral coursework benefit from this degree program as well.

For the 2021-22 admission cycle, you may apply for dual admission in developmental disabilities as test-optional (with or without test scores). If you apply for dual admission without test scores, the minimum required 3.0 GPA will be unweighted instead of weighted.

Please note that meeting minimum required test-optional criteria does not guarantee an interview. Students applying for dual admission consideration without test scores will be reviewed holistically.

Complete the Premier Programs application.


Bachelor's Degree (Any Major)
Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities

Years to Complete 4+1.5 years (30 credit hours)
Preadmission Interview Yes (Shark Preview Weekend)

Winter: November 1 

Fall: February 1

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
High School: GPA 3.0 weighted
Freshman: ACT/SAT 21 composite ACT or 1080 total SAT
Transfer: College GPA 3.0
Major / Course Reqs. Any bachelor's degree, prescribed program prerequisites will be communicated upon admission.
Cumulative GPA 3.0
Minimum Credits 50 credits at NSU, 30 upper division
Degree Required Yes
Graduate Application Yes

Final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the receiving college.

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