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Applied Behavior Analysis, MA-PSY

Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization

NCU’s Applied Behavior Analysis specialization focuses on the application of the principles of learning and behavior 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 specialization, you will learn developmental psychology and its role in applied behavior analysis, 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 and concerns. The 10-course program sequence meets the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) requirements and prepares you to sit for the BCBA exam once you complete the required clinical hours.

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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.

Note on Licensure: The Master of Arts in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
MAPSY 30 10 21 - 29 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Master of Arts in Psychology Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts
  • Examine research methods and data analysis in psychology
  • Apply psychological principles and research in personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Relate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional issues
  • Examine diversity issues in professional contexts
  • Model clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public