Application Requirements

Earn Your Master of Autism Studies

Whether you are a current student, a practitioner working in an autism-related field, or a caregiver, our master’s degree will provide you with expertise in autism, enhancing your ability to improve the lives of people with autism. Through its interdisciplinary approach, our program will offer exceptional preparation for individuals who want to work in emerging positions such as that of Autism Specialist or Autism Consultant in a myriad of organizations and fields. Through small class sizes and a tight-knit community, you’ll receive the personal instruction you need to pursue your interests.

Who Should Apply

  • College seniors, recent college graduates, caregivers, and working adults
  • Current educators, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, or others who want to develop expertise in autism
  • Individuals with a passion for understanding autism and supporting people who live with autism

How to Strengthen Your Application

For those still in school

  • Take courses in autism-related fields (e.g., psychology, statistics, research methods, education, communicative sciences and disorders, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, sociology, ethics, nursing, biology, etc.)
  • Engage in autism-related leadership opportunities
  • Gain practical experience through internships or participating in research
  • Build relationships with your professors to secure letters of recommendation

For caregivers and those currently working

  • Continue to gain experience working with people who have autism
  • Continue developing leadership skills
  • Reconnect with professors and former supervisors to secure letters of recommendation

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the international equivalent. The most competitive candidates will have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework, though experience with autism (such as being autistic, working in an autism-related field, or being a caregiver) will also be taken into account.
  • Submission of a completed application form
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • Two to three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities, focusing particularly on the potential for success in this program
  • Personal statement (<600 words) that addresses your reasons for pursuing a Master of Autism Studies, including your objectives for professional and/or personal engagement with autism after completing the degree
  • EITHER A) a sample of academic or professional writing that shows your ability to communicate effectively (<3000 words) OR B) a brief video interview

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.

Application Deadline: January 15

Applying as a Current Saint Mary's College Student 4+1 Option

Current Saint Mary’s College students meeting the requirements set forth below may apply to the Master of Autism Studies program under the 4+1 option.  If admitted to the master’s program, the student will take two graduate level courses the summer between her junior and senior year in the Autism Studies program one to two while she is a senior at Saint Mary’s College allowing her to earn up to twelve credits towards her graduate degree while still an undergraduate. The application requirements are as follows:

  • The applicant is a current junior at Saint Mary’s College   
  • Application form
  • Personal statement                                                                                           
  • Writing sample or Video interview response
  • The most competitive candidates will have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework, though experience with autism (such as being autistic, working in an autism-related field, or being a caregiver) will also be taken into account.

Application Deadline: March 31