Fully Funded Scholarship Opportunity

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Come be a part of an exciting new collaborative partnership between UMass Lowell and Lasell University that will prepare scholars with expertise in:

  • Interdisciplinary training in special education, applied behavior analysis and autism studies
  • Working collaboratively to improve educational and behavioral services and outcomes for school-aged children with autism and related disabilities
  • Serving bilingual learners with disabilities

Funded by a grant from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, the program seeks to recruit scholars from underrepresented groups to two professions — applied behavior analyst and special education.

Scholarship Details

  • 24 students in total (12 students enrolled in UMass Lowell’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies and 12 students enrolled in Lasell University’s M.Ed. in Special Education: Moderate Disabilities) will be awarded a full-time scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to up to 4 newly-enrolled students at each institution starting in Fall 2022, with up to 4 additional scholarships awarded to new students starting in Fall 2023 and in Fall 2024.
  • Courses will be taken at both UMass Lowell and Lasell.

Students admitted to the University of Massachusetts Lowell/Lasell University Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation Program will receive:

  • Fully paid university tuition for two years
  • Financial assistance to complete additional coursework in teaching bilingual learners or coursework toward the BCBA® credential
  • $2,000 for travel costs
  • $800 for books and materials

Degree Options

Which Courses Will You Take?

Students can complete the UML-LIPP program in two years of full-time study, including the summer session. A capstone project is also required. Sample courses include:

  • PSYC.5810 Behavior Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC.5820 Measurement & Experimental Design
  • PSYC.5840 Behavior Assessment
  • PSYC.5900 Professional Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis (0 credit)
  • ELPS721 Inclusive Education (from Lasell University)
  • ED711 Curriculum and Assessment of Diverse Learners (from Lasell University)

Research Opportunities

Our program offers additional research opportunities related to staff training and bilingual language assessment, as well as language development in children with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder.

Job Outlook

Graduates of the UML-LIPP program will find that they are in high demand as board-certified behavior analysts and licensed special education teachers.

Application Process

To apply, fill out an application for the Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies program. Note: In your personal statement, let us know you are interested in the UML-LIPP program scholarship and your application will be considered.


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The University of Massachusetts Lowell and Lasell University Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation Project (UML-LIPP): Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies is funded by a grant of The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, # H325K210071. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.