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The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell adopts the scientist-practitioner model to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to enter both applied professional and research positions, and be well-prepared for future matriculation into doctoral programs. Through required and elective coursework, fieldwork experience, and available research opportunities, students are exposed to a wide range of scientific perspectives within Psychology.
The ABA and Autism Studies Program at UMass Lowell welcome, value, and respect all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, belief system, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and (dis)ability. We are a community that thrives from our diversity. We encourage you to speak and listen in order to learn from other perspectives, as we believe this creates a more meaningful educational experience for students and faculty alike.
We offer two degree pathways: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Studies (AS).
The ABA option is designed for students interested in the science of behavior analysis, sitting for the national BCBA certification and obtaining licensure as an Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the Commonwealth.
The AS 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.
Applications for matriculation are accepted for fall and spring admission.
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UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years. Students can continue from bachelor’s to master’s level studies within their own department. Or students can apply to a program in a different department to create a set of skills to meet emerging needs in the workplace and their own academic interests.
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Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.
As a graduate student, you may qualify for federal student aid and other need-based scholarships. Learn more at UMass Lowell’s Solution Center.
UMass Lowell and Lasell University have partnered to provide interdisciplinary training in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, and Autism Studies. The goal of the partnership is to prepare practitioners to work collaboratively with other professionals to improve educational and behavioral services and outcomes for school-aged children with autism and related disabilities, including bilingual learners.
Learn more about the fully-funded MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies scholarship opportunity