Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is designed to help address the state-wide and national shortage of health care providers by training practitioners to affect meaningful change.  ABA is a discipline that relies upon evidenced-based behavioral interventions to improve socially significant behaviors.  It has been used as an intervention to improve the quality of life for a variety of populations including, but limited to, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The goal of our master's program is to become a leading, accredited professional program that will train highly-skilled Behavior Analysts who apply behavioral science to address the behavioral challenges of individuals in need.

Associate Professor:  S.W. Kahng
Assistant Visiting Professor:  C. Clay

While MU does not offer undergraduate degrees specifically in Applied Behavior Analysis, the University does offer baccalaureate opportunities in a number of related areas in the other Schools and Colleges that make up the University.  The catalog provides a complete list of these degree options.

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. You will also gain experience, and knowledge, in cutting edge research in the field of ABA. Behavior analysts successfully use ABA techniques across a variety of populations and settings to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Behavior analysts are employed in numerous fields, including general and special education, mental health, disability, business, and institutions of higher learning. There is a high demand for individuals who finish their degree and obtain certification who then can practice as independent educational specialists or clinicians. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.