In order to pursue this certificate program, individuals must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree,
  • completed the Graduate College application (Processing fee is required),
  • official transcripts from each college or university where credit has been earned,
  • three letters of recommendation, and
  • a personal statement.

While not a requirement, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended to ensure academic success at the advanced level.

Application Process

How you'll apply to the program depends on whether you are already enrolled at UVM (either part- or full-time) or another similar program. Please note that in all scenarios, you will apply through the UVM Graduate College.

1. Students who are not currently enrolled at UVM may enroll in a UVM graduate program solely to complete this certificate of graduate studies in the interdisciplinary study of disability. Applicants who are seeking admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study program only should follow regular online procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College.

2. Students who are already enrolled in a UVM graduate program may develop an approved plan for taking the required 18 credits to complete this certificate in addition to their current graduate program.

3. Current UVM VT LEND Trainees may integrate their VT LEND coursework into an individualized plan of study that meets the competency requirements for this certificate.

4. Students who are currently enrolled in the VT LEND program, but not currently enrolled in a UVM graduate program, must complete the full online graduate application.


All prospective students should make an appointment to talk with Dr. Winnie Looby, the academic coordinator of the program. She can help you determine which category you fall into, and which application process you will pursue.

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