MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program will train 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'll 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 three experience categories: (a) supervised independent fieldwork (1500 hrs), (b) practicum (1000 hrs), or (c) intensive practicum (750 hrs). Students in the Master's program will be required to complete intensive practicum at the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders for credit (6 credits) under the supervision of a BCBA.

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 81003HLTHPSYC 82503SPC_ED 83053
HLTHPSYC 82003SPC_ED 83853 
SPC_ED 88001-3SPC_ED 88001-3 
 7-9 7-9 3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
HLTHPSYC 8400: Survey of Applied Behavior Analysis (course available Spring 2018)3Theoretical Foundations in Behavior Analysis (course not yet created)3 
Verbal Behavior (course not yet created)3Autism and Behavior Interventions (course not yet created)3 
Thesis I /Capstone (course not yet created)3Thesis II/Capstone (course not yet created)3 
 9 9  
Total Credits: 35-39