Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis

The program includes a six-course sequence in applied behavior analysis (ABA) that bridges applied behavior analysis in the school settings, and community. ABA 607 is the sixth course in the ABA sequence; this course is optional, not a part of the master's degree requirements. The six-course ABA sequence is designed to prepare candidates for the certification examination sponsored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Upon successful completion of this six course sequence, the candidate will have met the BACB academic requirements for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Also, a candidate may receive a certificate of completion from National University. This is not professional certification by the BACB and does not entitle candidates to claim they are BCBAs upon completion. Also offered on a limited basis and under very specific conditions, is an Intensive Practicum, not part of the academic requirements for taking the BCBA exam. The Intensive Practicum is designed to meet BACB experiential requirements for taking the BCBA exam.

Information about becoming certified through the BACB can be found at

The six-course sequence in this program is designed to prepare candidates for acceptable behavior management techniques and strategies in a P-12 setting. Students will develop skills to assist them navigate through the halls of P-12 academic environments with a knowledge and understanding of special education law, rules and functions of school personnel, and behavioral consultation. Students will be required to develop, implement, analyze, and evaluate, behaviorally accepted methods for positive behavior change in a P-12 academic setting.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate knowledge and skill in the identification of the function of the behavior and the development of an intervention addressing the function of the behavior
  • Integrate data-based decisions using behavioral analytic approaches to increase and decrease target behaviors
  • Examine special education law and its relevance with behavioral assessments and interventions
  • Engage in behavioral consultation in the school setting
  • Collaborate with school personnel to develop a Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Investigate the concept of school culture and its impact on all stakeholders, internal and external


To receive a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, students must complete at least 45 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree and provided the coursework was completed within the past 7 years. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience. Please refer to the graduate information section of the University catalog for admission and evaluation.
(10 courses; 45 quarter units)
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