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Master of Science in Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

This master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders program offers the opportunity to obtain a specialty within each professional area the graduate student already has a degree. The goal is to promote professional knowledge about the special needs of people diagnosed with developmental disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, diversifying student employment scenarios. This Master of Science program provides specific knowledge in areas related to people and families living with the complexity of an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis, such as skills related to difficulties in sensory-motor functioning, social, behavioral, and communication, also skills acquisition for early identification of the diagnosis, evaluation, and intervention plan development, amongst others.

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Program Details



Academic Level

Master in Science

Time to Complete

1 year and 1 semester

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Master of Science in Austism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program Coordinator Maraima Garcia-Rohena, PhD.

Program Coordinator:

Dra. Moraima García

787-725-6500 ext. 1518
P.O. Box 9023711
San Juan, PR 00902-3711

Program Highlights

  • This program is certified by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.
  • The goal of this master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders program is to provide professionals with an option to diversify their employment areas by acquiring knowledge about the special needs of people diagnosed with Autism through evidence-based interventions.

In Focus

  • Currently, this program is offered on Saturdays on our San Juan campus, and alternate modalities may include: hybrid, online, and flip classroom, amongst others.
  • This program aims to develop diverse skills in professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, speech therapy, nursing, health, or other related areas for working with this population.
  • Our University joins efforts and professional collaboration to educate and prepare future professionals who will serve this population and their families, always looking to offer services from an ethical and legal perspective along with the highest standards and academic skills.

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    1. Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a scale of 4.00. Only the Cumulative Average (GPA) of the degrees conferred will be considered.
      The Institution reserves the right of admission to candidates who don't meet the minimum requirements. Considering Exceptional Admission Criteria: Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50, as long as the cumulative general average is at least 3.00 in the specialty or concentration courses. A minimum Grade Point Average for a Master's degree of 3.00 can also be considered, if the applicant has a Master's degree. Admitted applicants will have a semester to meet satisfactory academic progress, applicable to their academic level, so that they remain as active students in the program for the rest of the course.
    2. Access the following link to complete your admission application In addition, you can digitally attach your admission requirements in PDF format.
    3. Present the official credit transcripts of all the institutions in which you have previously studied prior to start date. Please direct them to:
      SAN JUAN, PR 00902-3711 PO BOX 3476  
         MAYAGÜEZ, PR 00681-3476  
    4. Results of the EXADEP Graduate Admission Exam (Postgraduate Admission Exam, or the G.R.E. test (Graduate Record Examinations). Only scores that are five years old or less will be accepted.
    5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader.
    6. Formato UCA.
    7. Negative Criminal Record Certificate. It can be requested online.
    8. Original Health Certificate.
    9. Hepatitis-B Vaccination Test.
    10. Certificate of Vaccination of the Department of Health (PVAC-3-green sheet) with original signature of the issuing physician. Applies only to applicants who are 21 or younger, at the time of admission. Act No. 25 of 1983, Immunization Law, requires that all students 21 years of age or younger, who wish to enter any educational institution in the Country, provide an original Immunization Certificate (PVAC-3). More information.
    11. International students must present the evaluation of their academic credentials, certified by an official authorized agency. NOTE: The Institution reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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