Applied Behavior Analysis

Verified Course Sequence LogoIf you have dreamed of helping people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, this could be the program you’ve been looking for. Georgian Court University’s M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis is one of a limited number of programs in the country and offers the comprehensive foundation needed to make an impact on people with disabilities. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.

GCU’s graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis launched in 2011 and has graduated several cohorts.  Our graduates work in variety of settings that employ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®) including: clinics, in-home service organizations, public and private schools, and hospitals.  Below are data showing the percentage of graduates from each cohort who earned the BCBA® credential.

CohortNumber of Graduates% Earned BCBA®
11145%
22152%
31457%
4989%
5863%
613Data not available

(these data were drawn from the BCBA® registry and may represent graduates who have not yet taken the exam and/or graduates who have taken the exam more than once)

For the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) report of pass rates for first-time test takers, please click here.

Program

  • Required courses (24 credits)
  • Electives (15 credits)

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

Courses

Required:

  • 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 15 credits):

  • ABA514 Behavioral Interventions for Autism (3)
  • ABA529 Special Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (1–3)
  • ABA550 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3–6)
  • EDC5301 Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & Pervasive Disorders (3)
  • EDC5302 Strategies for Teaching Children with Autism & Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • EDC5303 Social Communication Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDC5304 Assessment & Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EDC5305 Treatment & Intervention for Asperger Syndrome (3)