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Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis trains practitioners extensively in applied behavior analysis with a focus on treating autism.  This online program includes the behavior analytic coursework needed to qualify to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. To earn a BCBA credential students must complete a master’s degree, complete the required behavior analytic coursework, and complete the required field experience hours outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Our cohorts begin each fall and classes are scheduled primarily during one or two days per week.  New students enter the program as a cohort and must take their classes in sequence together as outlined by the program—it is a block scheduled program with no variations permitted. The cohort model includes a combination of supported and independent learning through lecture and practiced-based hands-on learning.  Cohort mates work collaboratively within an interactive learning environment using hands-on learning activities throughout the scheduled courses to help students take their learning experiences into the workplace for a more seamless crossover between classroom and field placement activities. This instills a sense of professional community not only during the program, but as students move into the field as practitioners. Our program emphasizes the importance of intensive learning while in the program as well as the need for collaborative lifelong learning. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. A 2.75 minimum GPA is required for consideration for the program. Applicants apply both online to Graduate Admissions and directly to the program.  Additionally, applicants must provide three letters of recommendation, complete a program area application including a professional essay, and attend a personal interview.

Program Requirements

There are a total of 40 credits for full program completion. Students are required to complete each semester sequentially, with full-time enrollment. The plan of work will include a Capstone project requiring it to be designated as Plan C (coursework). Transfer credits are not accepted into this program.

EDP 7101Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDP 7112Conceptual Analysis in Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDP 7106Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis I2
EDP 7102Assessment Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDP 7104Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis4
EDP 7107Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis II2
EDP 7103Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment Planning4
EDP 7108Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis III2
EDP 7991Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis: Introduction1
EDP 7109Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis IV2
EDP 7111Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment Planning4
EDP 7992Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis I2
EDP 7105Ethical Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDP 7113Organizational Behavioral Management in Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDP 7993Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis II2
Total Credits40

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. 

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