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, improving your ability to improve the lives of persons 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 myriad 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)
  • 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 that addresses your reasons for pursuing a Master in Autism Studies including your professional objectives and how Saint Mary’s aligns with your personal and professional goals
     

Applications for the summer 2019 term will open fall 2018.