Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis Degree
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Learn How to Help People on the Autism Spectrum Modify Their Behavior and Improve Vital Life Skills
National University’s Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis program is designed for those who have a true passion for working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and those with neurodiverse conditions that benefit from behavior change systems. Our curriculum focuses on preparing you to sit for the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) exam.
ABA is an in-demand and rewarding profession that makes an impact in clients’ lives. It’s a type of therapy focused on helping the patient to modify their behaviors. When successful, ABA can help the patient establish or improve a wide range of critical skills, including social skills, employment-related skills, communication skills, academic skills, and hygiene-related or self-care skills.
If you want to help people who have behavioral and social challenges, NU’s MS in Applied Behavioral Analysis can provide you with the skills you need to accomplish your goals. To learn more about ABA Psychology and autism, please click here.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Explain Radical Behaviorism’s foundational concepts and principles from a behavior analytic approach.
- Analyze measurement, data display and interpretation in experimental design format.
- Integrate the Code of Ethics during the behavior change process and assessment procedures.
- Integrate behavior management and performance monitoring during the behavior change process and assessment procedures.
- The application of Applied Behavior Analysis in research and daily life.
- Conduct research using relevant design, statistical, measurements, data analysis and program evaluation methods to improve student outcomes.
Hear From Our Faculty
“In the heart of ABA lies the belief that every person deserves the chance to shine and be celebrated for who they are.”
– Dr. Faheema Abdool-Ghany, BCBA-D, LBA-NY
MSABA Academic Program Director & Assistant Professor
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Frequently Asked Questions
A master’s degree in ABA provides students with advanced study in research-based theories and findings, arming them with the knowledge to implement the concepts and principles of behavior analysis so as to begin or advance in professional practice.
Aspiring behavior analysts need a master’s degree in special education, psychology, or a related field. Depending on the state in which they practice, professionals might also need to meet licensing requirements.
You can apply online via the BACB’s website. The application asks that you show proof of your degree, coursework, and supervised experience; you’ll also have to pay an application fee. Once the Behavior Analyst Certification Board sees that you’ve met these requirements, they will approve your application to be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination.
In order to obtain the Behavior Analysts Certification ABA certificate, a person has to complete the required coursework. Most certifications require 270 hours of coursework at an accredited institution if the person holds a master’s degree.
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