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M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Overview

The College of Saint Elizabeth Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis extends the student's knowledge beyond basic behavioral principles and procedures to more advanced concepts.

While retaining a practitioner focus, this program gives students in-depth knowledge of topics such as conditioned reinforcement, motivational influences on behavior, and error-less teaching procedures. With this background, program graduates are prepared to address the most complex behavior problems and learning challenges.

Course content is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List and prepares students to take the BCBA exam. Students complete six (6) core courses, plus an additional six (6) courses (30 credits) that extend the student's familiarity with clinical procedures and with the research supporting their use.

Completers of the Master's program can be contracted with a BCBA supervisor to begin supervision accruing hours (1500) toward the BACB Experience requirement.

Completion of these courses and the required field experience of 1500 hours is needed to qualify for the BCBA certification examination.

Degree Requirements

The program requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours. All students must take the following courses:

Required Courses (30 Credits)

ABA600Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis

3

ABA601Behavior Analysis & Learning

3

ABA602Research Methods and Measurement

3

ABA603Research Methods and Experimental Design

3

ABA604Interventions & Evidence-Based Practice

3

ABA605Assessment & Strategic Design

3

ABA606Applied Ethics

3

ABA607Writing for Publication and Presentation

3

ABA608Analysis for Verbal Behavior

2

ABA609Behavior Change Systems

2

ABA610Supervision & Management

2

ABA611Culminating Requirement

0

Admission Criteria

Applicants must follow all of the admission criteria for graduate programs including but not limited to:

  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement: An assessment of applicant's strengths and areas of development as they relate to this selected field of study; and applicant's educational objectives and career goals and how they relate to this area of study. For example: What is it that attracted you to this program? Use specific examples when possible.
  • Personal Interview
  • Completed Application