Program Information

School: McMaster University
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences/Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Psychology, Other
Description: This program is offered jointly in partnership by Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University. Students pursue two qualifications simultaneously, and graduates receive the Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Autism & Behavioural Science from Mohawk and the McMaster Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

The Autism & Behavioural Sciences (ABS) Specialist Program focuses on human behaviour with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the behaviour intervention application of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). ABA is used to teach individuals with autism to develop new skills, such as language or social play, through repeated practice, intensive teaching (Intensive Behavioural Intervention or IBI), and positive reinforcement. Students will complete two field placements in community settings. Completion of this program can lead to career opportunities such as Behaviour or ABA Therapists in community treatment agencies, hospital/clinical settings, private agencies or independent contractors, family homes, school boards.

URL: Human Behaviour (Autism & Behavioural Science Specialization) at McMaster University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $28,505

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.

Careers: Psychologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 82 to 85

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 Physics 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U, MHF4U, MCV4U, SCH4U, and SPH4U. Note: it is recommended that all first semester grades and a list of all courses for the entire year be submitted no later than March 1st.

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster’s English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86