Taught by prominent experts in their respective disciplines, CSUN’s ATHS program provides an essential knowledge base for career development in the rapidly growing AT and human services field. This program is also highly involved in the annual CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disability Conference — the world’s largest of its kind — in which ATHS students are encouraged to participate.

Fast Facts
  • Priority deadline: July 16, 2024
  • Program mode: 100% online | Cohort format
  • Program duration: 2 year (30 units)
  • Financial Aid available
  • No GRE Required

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Career outlook

One of the fastest growing fields, assistive technology is at the forefront of new medical and commercial devices – from smart phones to prosthetics to virtual reality. Some projections forecast the market will hit $31 billion by 2024 and see an annual job growth of 7.4 percent.

Over the last two years, the job market for AT professionals grew significantly, in both size and pay:

2 Billion people require at least one assistive technology by 2030
7.4% annual job growth
$8.39 Billion growth of the assistive technology market 2019-2024

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Meet the top people in your field.

As home of the world's largest assistive technology conference, we can connect you to some of the field’s top companies – from Sony and Spectrum to Amazon and IBM.

The CSUN Assistive Technology conference attracts an annual audience of over 4,500 researchers, practitioners, educators, government representatives, end users and other participants.

And in this program, they’re all a part of your network.

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You'll learn how to:

  • Assess, equip and empower persons with disabilities to use assistive technologies
  • Conduct important research into new and emerging technologies
  • Explain and interpret product design and function
  • Ensure compliance with regulations, such as ADA
  • Interpret the legal and political history of assistive technology

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Why you'll love us.


    At CSUN, we don’t fill courses. We build them, entirely from scratch, each and every time we launch a program. This leads to a unique education, with real and lasting outcomes in your career.


    Our world-class faculty design and teach all courses, helping you gain today’s most in-demand skills – and bringing the industry directly to you.


    When you enroll, we place you in a small, interactive group of peers from diverse organizations and industries. And from day one to graduation, you’ll learn and grow together.


    As you earn your education, we’ll stay with you every step of the way, offering close, personal support when and where you need it.

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Internationally recognized for its expertise in disability services, CSUN created its online Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services (ATHS) program to meet the growing demand for skilled AT specialists, who can assess, assist, train, and empower those using assistive technology in their daily lives. As the first master’s degree of its kind in Southern California, CSUN’s ATHS program prepares students to synthesize the interconnections between human and technological factors, explain and interpret product design and function, assess AT users’ needs, interpret the legal and political history of assistive technology, and develop relevant delivery protocols.

Offered in collaboration with CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development, this two-year, online, 10-course program prepares working professionals for rewarding careers that enhance the lives of those who rely on assistive-technology devices.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Who would be a good candidate for this program?

Answer: Ideal candidates have a passion for working with, and improving the quality of, life of people with disabilities. They may have disabilities themselves, and they may already work in these fields:

  • Adapted physical activity
  • Assistive technology advocate or resource specialist
  • Audiology
  • Biomedical/biomechanical development
  • Educational settings
  • Educational/vocational counseling
  • Engineering and/or manufacturing
  • Government rehabilitation agencies
  • Health care administration
  • Human resources, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance
  • Independent living centers
  • Information technology in the public and private sectors
  • Kinesiology, physical fitness and or athletics
  • Medical instrument supply
  • Medical manufacturing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Recreational therapy
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Social Work
  • Special education
  • Speech-language pathology

Question: What kinds of jobs might I get upon graduation?


After graduation, in addition to the fields above, you could also work in these areas:

  • AT position, in the fields of:
    • Special Education
    • Rehabilitation
    • Speech and Language
  • Also:
    • Working for Assistive Technology vendors
    • Working with Occupational and Physical Therapists
    • Conducting full AT assessments and working on IEP teams
    • Working in Technology and Networking related fields for Access and Accessibility purposes

For additional questions and answers, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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