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Applied Behavior Analysis, MS

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Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Description of Program

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares practitioners to provide behavior management services to clients at home and at school, community settings, clinics and hospital settings. There is a significant need in a variety of environments for well-trained and properly certified practitioners to work with clients of all ages with challenging behaviors. This program focuses on the practical application of all behavior analytic concepts. Our goal is for you to not only pass the required BCBA exam, but to become a well-rounded clinician in a variety of environments with a variety of clients. 

The curriculum for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Certificate Program (BCBA) will follow the guidelines established by the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB) as outlined in the BACB’s 5th Edition Task List and Course Content Allocation documents. The University’s MS in Applied Behavior Analysis is an 10 course program that prepares you to sit for the BCBA exam once you complete the required clinical hours. 

The University’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis meets all of the coursework requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as identified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and may meet some of the licensure requirements identified for each state. Student are encouraged to research their state specific licensure laws and regulations. If they have questions they can contact ABA Program Coordinator at

Please note that the state of New York currently does not recognize BCBA Certification and BCBA’s may not practice ABA in New York unless they are licensed by the state of New York. New York has state specific licensure requirements, coursework, and an exam that must be completed before practicing ABA. At this time only universities physically located in the state of New York are authorized to offer these courses. Thus, the University’s ABA program does not meet New York’s coursework or licensure requirements necessary to practice ABA in New York State.

Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore principles, and philosophical underpinnings in applied behavior analysis
  • Investigate research methods and data analysis in applied behavior analysis
  • Design behavior treatment plans based on client assessment findings
  • Employ ethical principles of applied behavior analysis to academic and professional matters
  • Examine diversity issues in professional contexts

Basis for Admissions

Admission to the Master of Science program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Additional State requirements may need to be met for Basis of Admissions into a program:


Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis degree  requires a total of 30 credit hours at the graduate level.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis for graduate course work completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy  for additional information.

All master’s degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma

Time to Completion

The University allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 27 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 19 to 20 months.

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