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Applied Behavior Analysis

ABAI VCS PROGRAM logoThe Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA in ABA) program is designed for individuals who are seeking to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). Students accepted into the program will acquire the knowledge and competencies to design and deliver effective behavioral interventions across a variety of populations and settings, with a focus on individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (e.g., Autism).

The 39-credit program consists of coursework that focuses on content areas such as, the philosophy of behaviorism, basic and applied principles, research methodology, assessment and intervention strategies, ethical practice).

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified The MA in ABA core courses as meeting the coursework requirement for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Students will also need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Program faculty include Ph.D. level Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA-D) with extensive experience in the areas of clinical services, education, and research across a variety of client populations including autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Faculty members are able to provide individualized attention to support students’ academic and career goals.

Pass rates for first-time test takers may be dependent on (1) program course work, (2) fieldwork experience, and (3) exam preparation. For the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) report of pass rates for first-time test takers, please click here.


  • Required courses (27 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.



  • ABA501 Ethical & Professional Conduct (3)
  • ABA502 Measurement & Experimental Design (3)
  • ABA503 Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)
  • ABA504 Philosophy of Behaviorism (3)
  • ABA505 Generalization & Training (3)
  • ABA510 Behavior Assessment (3)
  • ABA511 ABA I: Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • ABA512 ABA II: Advanced Behavior Change Procedures (3)
  • ABA513 Verbal Behavior (3)

Recommended Electives (choose 12 credits):

  • ABA514 Behavioral Interventions for Autism (3)
  • ABA515 Stimulus Control: Concepts, Principles & Applications (3)
  • ABA529 Special Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (1–3)
  • ABA550 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3–6)
  • ABA560 Research in Applied Behavior Analysis (1–3)
  • EDC5301 Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3)
  • SPS6106 Practicum I: Consultation & Collaboration (3)

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