College juniors may apply to the Master of Autism Studies program during the junior year. If admitted to the graduate program, you will complete two graduate courses the summer before your senior year and one to two graduate courses during your senior year prior to baccalaureate graduation. You will continue Autism Studies courses in the fall term following your baccalaureate graduation and continue for the next spring and summer terms to complete the bachelors and graduate degree in five years. In the fifth year, you will be charged the per credit hour rate equivalent to the cohort you are joining.
Application Deadline: March 31
- Application form
- Official Transcripts
- Personal Statement
- Writing sample or Video Interview response
- Letter of Recommendation (waived for current Saint Mary's College students)
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.
A 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 is required for application to the 4+1 program.
Writing Sample or Video Interview Response
One of the following is required for the 4+1 application:
1. A brief video response completed through the Kira Talent platform responding to the following prompt: The needs of the autism community have changed over time. What do you think the most pressing needs will be in the area of autism ten years from now, and how do you think we should respond to those needs?
2. A written response of no more than 1000 words responding to the following prompt: The needs of the autism community have changed over time. What do you think the most pressing needs will be in the area of autism ten years from now, and how do you think we should respond to those needs?
3. A sample of academic or professional writing that shows your ability to communicate effectively (<3000 words).
While taking courses as an undergraduate student, students will be charged at undergraduate tuition rates consistent with all applicable policies. In the fifth year of the program, as a graduate student, students will be charged the graduate per credit hour rate equivalent to the cohort they are joining.
Graduate Courses Taken While an Undergraduate Student*
Summer between Junior and Senior Year
- AUST 500 Gateway: Autistic Experiences
- AUST 520 A Biopsychosocial Understanding of the Autism Spectrum
Fall Semester Senior Year
- AUST 510 Autism and Humanity
Spring Senior Year
- AUST 611 Autism and Ethics
Students will complete the graduate courses in the fall, spring, and summer terms of the fifth year of the program.