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Applied Behavior Analysis Fifth Year Program (M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (40 Credits)

    The Fifth-Year Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) offers Endicott College graduates the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in an accelerated format, and, at the same time, to complete both the educational and experiential requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination offered through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

    Endicott graduates can waive up to two elective courses under certain conditions; non-Endicott graduates are required to complete the total required 36 credits. The required coursework and practicum experiences begin during the student’s first post-graduate summer term, with all requirements completed within a 15-month time period. The following conditions apply for a student who completes a bachelor’s degree at Endicott:

    • The GRE/MAT application requirement is waived.
    • A 3.0 GPA throughout your undergraduate course of study must be maintained.
    • The application process must be completed by the beginning of the spring semester of the senior year.

    Students in the ABA programs are charged a one time fee of $1,000 in their first semester. This fee is used to cover subscriptions to online learning tools used throughout the program. Please contact the program director if you have any questions about this fee. 

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    Fifth Year Expedited Admissions Process

    Current Endicott students are eligible to apply to Fifth Year graduate programs using an expedited admissions process. In order to be eligible for the expedited admissions process, current students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA*. Students eligible for the Fifth Year expedited admission process are not required to submit an essay, resume, recommendations or transcripts.

    Students should apply for a Fifth Year program using the Current Endicott Student Expedited Masters Application form available in MyEndicott. The GPS Office of Admissions will upon receipt of this form obtain a dean recommendation/GPA confirmation and confirm a prospective Fifth Year student has a clear record with the Office of the Bursar and the Office of Student Affairs.

    *Otherwise, standard admissions requirements apply.

    Please note that the application fee is waived for all current Endicott students and alumni.

    All other candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Statement of purpose of no less than three pages outlining your intentions for graduate study, your background in the field of applied behavior analysis, and the contributions that you intend to make to the field. This essay should be in APA format and include no less than 3 references.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will: 

    • Articulate and act within the principles of radical behaviorism
    • Solve challenging problems using the concepts and principles of ABA
    • Research using disciplinary methods including measurement, data analysis, and experimental design
    • Conduct practice and research in accordance with disciplinary methods
    • Apply ethical decision making across all areas of clinical practice including skill and behavioral assessment, supervision and training, and individual and systems interventions

    Required Curriculum

    Required Curriculum - 25 credits

    • ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 534 - Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions I (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 541 - Behavioral Assessment (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 554 - Behavior Change Procedures (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 565 - Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 520 - Supervision and Management (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review (Cr: 0)
    • ABA 698 - Thesis Completion (Cr: 1)


    At least 4 of the 5 must be ABA prefix (One AUT elective is allowed). 

    • ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 528 - Behavior Analytic Approaches for the Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 570 - Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 574 - Evidence-Based Practice (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement (Cr: 3)

    Total Degree Requirements - 40 credits

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