Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Make a Difference in the Lives of Those with Behavioral Needs

Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program focuses on the application of behavior analytic principles to enhance the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults. The coursework will prepare you to address the behavioral needs of individuals, especially those with developmental disabilities and autism.

In this program, you will learn behavior analytic foundations and concepts, assessment and measurement, behavior analytic teaching strategies and treatment program development and implementation, research methods, evaluation of interventions, and professional and ethical compliance for behavior analytic practice.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified these courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Program 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

Career Potential*

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Clinical Director
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Please note that NCU’s BCBA program does not meet the requirements to apply for New York State Licensure. New York has their own required coursework to apply for licensure and does not require BCBA Certification.

The BACB provides information regarding U.S. Licensure of Behavior Analysis. Please note that this information only identifies those states that require state licensure to practice ABA and not necessarily those that require both licensure and the BCBA Certification, nor does it include specific criteria for state licensure.

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 20 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One