Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option


UMass Lowell's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option is a 30-credit (10-course) master's degree program that can be completed entirely online. Offered through UMass Lowell's College of Education in cooperation with the Psychology Department, this interdisciplinary program combines UMass Lowell's award-winning Behavioral Intervention in Autism online graduate certificate program with one of the University's most popular online Master's degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction. (Please note: This program does not lead to teacher licensure.)

Candidates interested in pursuing this master's degree option must first complete the six courses that are part of UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Certificate Program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism.

Students accepted into this master's degree program are allowed to count up to five UMass Lowell Autism Certificate courses toward their master's degree, with the balance of their required courses focusing on curriculum development and instruction in a K-12 setting.

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Click here for more information on the Master's Degree Program in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option (M.Ed.)

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is not presently accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Due to recent legislative changes the University of Massachusetts Lowell is not seeking state authorization to offer online programs in those states. State and federal laws require colleges and universities to receive state authorization to offer online programs in states other than their own. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact in Online and Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.



New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's New Student Registration Form. Follow the instructions for registering included on the form. Current students register for their courses online by logging in to the secure Student Information System (SIS).

Please see fee schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $470  -$575
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Late Fee for Nonpayment $30
Total For Course**

$1,440 - $1,755 (fee per credit x 3 credits = Tuition plus a $30 per semester registration fee)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.

For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's Division of Online and Continuing Education Website. Registration is administered through UMass Lowell's Registrar's Office. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact the Registrar's Office at 978-934-2550.


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Did you know?

The University of Massachusetts has earned many awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

Candidates seeking admission to the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option degree program must first apply into and complete the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism. Upon successful completion of the Certificate Program (with a grade of B or better in each of the courses), students may then apply to the Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option program.

Additional information on the application procedures for both the certificate program and the master's degree can be found at

Submit all required items to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Office of Graduate Admissions
Cumnock Hall, Suite 110
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854-5130

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 or


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Dr. Richard Siegel
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