Program Overview

To Start, You Need:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution or the international equivalent. The most competitive candidates will have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • GRE test scores (optional)

Finishing Will Take:

  • 36 credit hours
  • Completing a capstone project or comprehensive exams

You Can Begin Your Courses In:

  • Summer (May) 2023

You Will Take Classes:

  • On campus
  • Full-time, or
    • One year (15 months, includes two summer terms)
  • Part-time
    • Two years (includes three summer terms)
  • Most courses will be offered at night

Where This Degree Can Take You*:

  • Into cutting edge work in the field of autism
  • Into emerging positions such as Autism Specialist or Autism Consultant in many types of organizations (note: additional certifications may be required)
  • Into leadership positions in autism-related fields
  • Into related graduate and professional programs (e.g., MS in Speech Language Pathology, PhD in Clinical Psychology, or doctoral programs in Education)

*May require additional certifications or degrees

What You Will Learn:

  • A full range of evidence-based approaches to ASD intervention, including:
    • behavioralist and developmental models
    • focused and comprehensive interventions
    • school-based models
    • communication-based models
    • social skills and group therapy models
    • pharmacological therapies
    • complementary and alternative approaches
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of autism including:
    • psychology
    • statistics
    • research methods
    • speech language pathology
    • occupational therapy
    • education
    • social work
    • ethics
    • humanities (philosophy, theology, history and literature)
  • Educational policies, pedagogical theories, and pedagogical practices relevant to ASD
  • Federal and state laws relevant to ASD

Additional Opportunities:

Dual Degree

The Master of Autism Studies and the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology dual degree program will provide you with an opportunity to gain expertise in autism and to become eligible as a licensed and certified speech language pathologist while enjoying a savings of cost and time compared to completing each degree separately. New cohorts start each summer and the program can be completed in three years. 


4+1 Program in Autism Studies: Exceptional Education Track

The proposed “4+1 Program in Autism Studies: Exceptional Education Track” will make it possible for Saint Mary’s and other tri-campus students to earn the Master of Autism Studies and a BA in Elementary Education with eligibility for licenses in Elementary Education, Mild Intervention, and Intense Intervention. Students in the “4+1 Program in Autism Studies” who have completed the Dual Licensure Program in Elementary Education with Mild Intervention during their baccalaureate phase will be able to take the graduate-level courses required for the Intense Intervention license during their fifth year in the program.