MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program will teach you to be an exceptional behavior analyst who has the skills to improve quality of life for people with behavioral challenges, including children and adults with developmental needs. In our program, you will learn the conceptual foundations of ABA and how these behavioral principles are applied to improve behavior. Central to this program is a collaboration with the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which serves as the primary practicum site to give you an exceptional experiential learning opportunity working with individuals with developmental needs. We place a heavy emphasis on face-to-face contact.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 39 semester credit hours must be completed in fulfillment of degree requirements. Completion of this degree includes completion of a Thesis/Capstone. In addition to the coursework requirement, you will need to meet experience standards. The BACB has two experience categories: (a) supervised fieldwork (2000 hrs) and (b) concentrated supervised fieldwork (1500 hrs). Students in the Master's program will be required to complete concentrated supervised fieldwork at the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Sample Plan of Study

The course sequence can be completed in two years on campus. The following is a sample program:

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPC_ED 84403SPC_ED 83853SPC_ED 88002
SPC_ED 81003SPC_ED 83533SPC_ED 80901
SPC_ED 88003SPC_ED 88003 
 9 9 3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SPC_ED 84503SPC_ED 84603 
SPC_ED 85003SPC_ED 83053 
SPC_ED 80903SPC_ED 80903 
 9 9  
Total Credits: 39

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