Why Elms for your MS in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

  • Complete your degree 100% online or in person.
  • Develop a well-rounded understanding of applied behavior analysis, and prepare for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elms College created one of the country’s first Master of Science in Autism Spectrum Disorders programs. This 36 credit master’s program will teach students how to work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Highlights of the Curriculum

  • The role of ABA and ASD
  • Other treatment options in ASD
  • Communication deficits and training
  • Social communication
  • Pragmatic language
  • IEP writing and implementation

Application Requirements

  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 professional and 1 academic)


Upon completion students will be eligible to pursue certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, with other eligibility requirements. This degree also has an optional track to pursue licensing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with other eligibility requirements. University Approved Practicum courses are offered for students in the MS in ASD Program.

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Click to view course requirements for the Master of Science in Austism Spectrum Disorders.

Core MS in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
ABA 6001Theoretical Foundations
ABA 6002Principles of ABA
ABA 6100Research Methods
ABA 6003Assessment in ABA
ABA 6004Behavioral Interventions
ABA 6101Behavioral Consultation
ABA 6102Professional Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis
ASD 6001Intro to ASD or ABA 6909 Special Topics Current Trends in Childhood Disorders
Electives12 Credits of Electives12