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Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis

The programs in Applied Behavior Analysis prepare candidates to work with individuals with developmental disabilities, behavior disorders, and other disabilities in various settings including public and private special education settings, clinics, hospitals, and residential treatment facilities.  They provide a balance between rigorous academics, scholarship, and clinical experience, preparing candidates to be practitioners and researchers in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a 48 credit program which may be completed in two years.  Classes are offered in the evening to benefit working professionals.  The program includes coursework and field experience for BACB certification.  Students have the opportunity to partner with ABA faculty on research and publications.

The Certificate is 18 credits and is fully aligned with the standards of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, preparing candidates for eligibility to sit for the board exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). Candidates for the program must have

  • a minimum of a master's degree in education, psychology or applied behavior analysis or
  • complete the certificate as a concentration in an existing graduate program in education or psychology such as the M.A. in Special Education.

The ABA programs also offer options embedded within graduate degree programs in special education and psychological studies.

Fast Facts

  • Classes prepare you for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification examination
  • Coursework follows the BACB task list
  • Convenient evening classes
  • Certificate program completed in as little as one year
  • Networking opportunities with professionals in the field

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