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Autism Studies
Master of Science in Autism Studies
Master of Science in Autism Studies

Master of Science in Autism Studies

  • ID:ML010063
  • Level:Master's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (USD)

  • Application Fee:$60.00
  • TuitionFee/Credit/ Unit:$497.38
  • LivingFee/Credit/ Unit:$273.64
  • Application Fee:$60.00
  • TuitionFee/Credit/ Unit:$497.38
  • LivingFee/Credit/ Unit:$273.64
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirement

The Spring international application deadline is Dec. 12

The Fall international application deadline is Aug. 2

  • A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • A strong undergraduate academic record (a GPA of 3.0 or better is desirable).
  • A minimum of 4 courses in psychology and one course in statistics in your undergraduate coursework. Students should have some background in the psychology of child development, and we are especially interested in students with coursework in some of the foundational areas of psychology (e.g., developmental, learning, behavior analysis, biological bases of behavior, research methods, cognitive psychology, etc.).
  • Relevant experience and other activities outside of the classroom.
  • At least three letters of recommendation. At least one, and preferably more than one, from recent or current instructors.
  • A personal statement. This detailed statement should describe your background, explain your interests in our program, and tell us how you believe our program will help you meet your own career goals.

English requirement

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version or a 79-80 on the internet-based version. IELTS minimum score: 6.5.
  • Freshman applicants may waive the TOEFL, IELTS exam if their secondary institution provides written verification that the means of instruction is in English, they are enrolled in an IB curriculum, attend an American School or enrolled in a curriculum that leads to Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE/O-Level and GCE/A level exam.

Course Information

UMass Lowell’s Master of Science in Autism Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills to enhance the development of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and support their families.

We offer two degree pathways: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Research Intensive (RI). The ABA option is designed for students interested in behavioral interventions, sitting for the national BCBA certification and obtaining licensure as an Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the Commonwealth. The Research Intensive option is designed for students interested in research careers in autism and related fields or preparing for doctoral-level study.

While most students in our program attend UMass Lowell for full-time study, part-time students are encouraged to apply. The program is a blend of online and campus courses, as well as concentrated supervised fieldwork. On-campus courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate students who are employed. This is not a fully online program. 

Gain Mastery of Skills In:

  • Definitions and characteristics of autism and other developmental psychopathologies
  • Principles, processes, and concepts of applied behavior analysis
  • Methods of behavioral assessment and selection of intervention strategies
  • Measurement of behavior and techniques for displaying and interpreting data
  • Experimental evaluation of interventions
  • Legal and ethical aspects of intervention
  • Coordination of programs and services with families, schools, and the community
  • Training and supervision of direct service providers

A total of 42 academic credits is required for the completion of the degree. At least 30 of these credits must be taken at UMass Lowell. No more than two courses (6 credits) may have an earned grade of less than B (3.0).

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