Toya S., Class of 2019

Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis Degree

Toya S.
Class of 2019
Toya S., Class of 2019

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

As a graduate of National University’s Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis program, you will know how 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
  • Incorporate 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

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You’ll work with faculty who are also experts in the field and have the opportunity to take advantage of their real-world insights. The program is highly individualized and focused on the student learning experience.

NU’s curriculum utilizes precision learning and a verified course sequence, which are unique to National University. Additionally, you’ll focus on practitioner self-care, social and emotional learning, and cultural competency. You’ll also complete a research-based capstone project, and upon completion of the program, we’ll help place you in an internship program.

Behavior analysts provide services to individuals, families, group homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, industrial and business settings, and other agencies working with individuals who require intensive behavioral training and/or consultation.

A Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis degree opens doors in a variety of industries, including health care, social assistance, and educational services. Employers in this field are looking for skills in teaching, research, communications, leadership, writing, advocacy, planning, and management.

In order to be eligible to sit for the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) exam, you must have a master’s degree with the verified course sequence (provided by NU) and have 2,000 supervision hours. Once you pass the exam, you are a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

The career opportunities and rewards within the profession are plentiful. Some of the positions* NU’s ABA program can prepare you for include:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)
  • Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
  • Behavior Consultant
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Technician
  • Behavior Specialist
  • ABA Interventionist
  • ABA Behavioral Technician
  • Lead ABA Interventionist
  • Behavior Lead
  • Behavior Supervisor
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Behavior Engineers
  • Organizational Behavior Management Specialist

* SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: May, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

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.

To effectively transfer units to this degree, transfer units from other VCS approved programs must be completed for the current Task List 5 program. Any previous coursework representing previous Task Lists are not eligible for transfer credit as they do not meet current requirements. Please refer to the graduate information section of the University Catalog for admission and evaluation.

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Dr. Sharlyn Crump, BCBA

Dr. Sharlyn Crump, BCBA

MSABA Academic Program Director & Assistant Professor

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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.

Several colleges in the United States now offer behavioral analysis graduate programs for students who want to work in this field. These programs usually take two years to finish and have a thesis requirement.

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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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements in a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

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*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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