Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Tanja N.
Tanja N. Class of 2016


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Program Overview

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The Master of Science in Applied Behavioral program prepares you to sit for the board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) exam and pursue a career as a behavior analyst. The curriculum includes a six course sequence verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and four additional courses that are aligned to research and the work of an applied behavioral analyst.

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. This program is designed to prepare you for acceptable behavior management techniques and strategies to be used in a wide range of settings. You’ll be required to develop, implement, analyze, and evaluate, behaviorally accepted methods for positive behavior change across various environments.

Information about becoming certified through the BACB can be found at

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.

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Program Highlights

  • Understand special education law and how it applies to behavioral assessments and interventions.
  • Develop skills in behavioral consultation in the school setting.
  • Understand school culture and how it impacts stakeholders, both internal and external.

(10 courses; 45 quarter units)

  • ABA 600 Basics of Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 601 Assessment in ABA
    • Prerequisite: ABA 600 with a minimum grade of B
  • ABA 602 Processes of ABA
    • Prerequisite: ABA 601
  • ABA 603 Applications of ABA
    • Prerequisite: ABA 602
  • ABA 604 Advanced Applications
    • Prerequisite: ABA 603
  • ABA 606 Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • ABA 610 Role and Function of Schools
  • SPD 616 Law, Collaboration & Transition
  • ABA 612 Behavioral Consultation
  • ABA 611 Positive Behav. Inter./Support

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Program Requirements

To receive a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral 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 from a regionally accredited institution 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.

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