M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (40 Credits)
Develop an in-depth understanding of autism spectrum disorders and a broad understanding of the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis.
The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was developed as an option for students interested in completing the requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam in an accelerated format. This 40-credit degree includes required core academic courses and an intensive practicum, which combined meet the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Elective courses span the areas of special education, autism, and organizational behavior management.
ABA programs offered through Endicott College:
- Include a free BCBA Exam preparation course;
- Are one of only five of the “Top 20 Masters Programs” that does not require the GRE/MAT;*
- Rank third for first-time-test-taker pass rates on the BCBA exam out of the “Top 20 Masters Programs” that had 30 or more students sit for the test;”*
- Have a superior Student:Teacher ratio of 14:1, which ranks well below the average ratio of 18:1 for all other “Top 20 Masters Programs.”
*As identified and/or reported by Applied Behavior Analysis EDU.org.Tracks available include:
- ABA and Mental Health
- ABA and Organizational Behavior Management
- ABA and Childhood Clinical Disorders
All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply
Applicants should submit the following to Office of Admission for Graduate and Professional Studies, 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;
- Interview with the program director (only required for some programs)
- 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
After completing this program, students will:
• Have a good grasp of the theoretical perspective of behaviorism and natural science
• Understand the components of valid research
• Be able to observe human behavior and explain it causes based upon the world view of behaviorism and natural science
• Explain how behavioral principles apply to all areas of human endeavor
Required Courses - 25 CreditsABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior AnalysisABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior AnalysisABA 534 - Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions IABA 541 - Behavioral AssessmentABA 554 - Behavior Change ProceduresABA 565 - Ethical Issues in Behavior AnalysisABA 520 - Supervision and ManagementABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABAABA 699 - Comprehensive ReviewABA 698 - Thesis Completion
General Track Electives
Electives- 15 Credits
Students who do not choose a track will choose 5 courses from the below list. At least 4 of the 5 must be ABA prefix (One AUT elective is allowed).
Note: Students may choose a variety of electives from this list OR specialize in one of three tracks below.ABA 512 - Verbal BehaviorABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special EducationABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging BehaviorABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis ProceduresABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric DisordersABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum DevelopmentABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical DisordersABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral DisordersABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health SettingsABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric DisordersABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the OrganizationAUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with AutismAUT 570 - Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with AutismAUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with AutismAUT 574 - Evidence-Based PracticeAUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement
ABA and Childhood Clinical Behavior Challenges TrackABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special EducationABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric DisordersABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum DevelopmentABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical DisordersABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders
Application of ABA Organizational Behavior Management TrackABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the OrganizationABA 506 - Performance ManagementABA 507 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in Clinical PracticeABA 508 - OBM in BusinessABA 509 - Applied OBM
ABA and Mental Health TrackABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric DisordersABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging BehaviorABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis ProceduresABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health SettingsABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders
Total Degree Requirements - 40 credits
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