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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.
Visit Graduate Admissions for more information or apply to the Master of Science in ABA and Autism Studies.
For the most up to date information please visit the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
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.
Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.
The Laboratory for Autism Spectrum Disorders is led by Dr. Ashleigh Hillier. Dr. Hillier's research interests focus on adolescents and adults outcomes with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is interested in transition and adult outcomes including employment and college success. Dr. Hillier's applied research focuses on evaluating various program interventions for those with ASD including a college preparation mentoring program "Horizons", a social networking group "The Network", and the "Student to Student Mentoring Program" for UMass Lowell Students. She is also interested in financial literacy, gender identity, healthcare experiences, life skills coaching, and responses to music among those with ASD. She directs the Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE) and is also Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies.
Language and Learning Lab
The Language and Laboratory Lab is led by Dr. Rocio Rosales. The research is this lab focuses on several avenues related to the application of behavior analysis. One area of interest is on the behavioral interpretation of language development (i.e., Skinner's analysis if verbal behavior), and evaluation of effective and efficient teaching procedures based on this interpretation to establish verbal repertoires of young children with autism spectrum disorder. (ASD), including those learning a second language. Prior projects have included evaluation of computer- based teaching strategies to help students and caregivers learn how to implement interventions with special needs populations; and evaluation of barriers that may impact access to service delivery for families that have a child with ASD that come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Students involved in the Laboratory for Language and Learning gain hands-on experience working with children with ASD via their involvement running a playgroup at a community center in downtown Lowell. This program provides an indispensable service to families in the Lowell community.
The Center for Research and Community Engagement
The goal of The Center for Research and Community Engagement is to promote the mental health and well being of individuals, families, and communities through education, training, and consultation. Its aim is to provide opportunities for University of Massachusetts faculty, community members, and practicing professionals to work together to integrate theory, research, and practice. The Center sponsors community-based training, professional development workshops, consultation, and research.
Center for Women and Work
The Center for Women and Work is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since the Center is designed to support a wide range of projects, there are exciting opportunities for student involvement in both research and community-based action projects relevant to the theme of women and work.