Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities

Graduate and professional education is very different from undergraduate education, so the process for applying for accommodations is also a bit different. Disability-related accommodations are available to graduate and professional students through the SDRC, and services are private and free.  To apply for accommodations, please follow the steps outlined on Apply for Accommodations website. Review the FAQ below to learn more about accommodations for graduate and professional students with disabilities, or email for more information.


What type of disability accommodations are available for graduate student?

It depends. Because each graduate and professional program is unique, the type of accommodation and how they are accessed can vary from program to program.


I received accommodations in my undergraduate program, do I qualify for the same type of accommodations as I did in my prior program/school?

Not necessarily. History of accommodations may guide us in identifying what has worked in different environments; however, because graduate school is different, it is possible that new accommodations will be identified and approved, while other may not.  Accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis.


I'm not sure if I want to register for accommodations at this level. Can I talk to someone outside my academic department about this?

YES! You may schedule an appointment with SDRC to consult about your options, learn more about what types of accommodations may be available for you, and the process to access them. For minor questions, you may email To schedule an appointment with our office, please call (951) 827-3861. Please complete the online pre-registration by following the steps on the Apply for Accommodations webpage prior to your appointment. Please make sure to provide completed UCR Certificate of Disability or disability documentation consistent with the UCR documentation guidelines when requesting accommodations.


When should I reach out to SDRC if I think I am going to need accommodations?

As you as possible. Due to the nature of graduate/professional education, some accommodations may require months of preparation, while others can be coordinated in under a week.


Can I get accommodations for qualifying exams/comprehensive exams/high-stakes exams?

YES. However, depending on the nature of exam and where it is coming from, some exams can take months to coordinate. To discuss information or request to take these types of exams with accommodations, please email for guidance. The R'Ability exam schedule module is not available for qualifying/comprehensive exams.