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  • Program Overview

    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:

    • Prepares students for careers applying ABA to a wide variety of human problems in diverse educational and therapeutic settings
    • No GRE required
    • Consistent adjunct faculty with real-world experience
    • Rolling admissions, three start dates per year
    • Free exam test prep course
    • Meets the educational requirements that allow students to sit for the BCBA exam
  • Curriculum

    Admissions Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply

    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

    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 Curriculum

    Required Courses - 25 Credits

    ABA 510 - Conceptual Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 525 - Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 534 - Measurement & Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions I
    ABA 541 - Behavioral Assessment
    ABA 554 - Behavior Change Procedures
    ABA 565 - Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
    ABA 520 - Supervision and Management
    ABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA
    OR
    AUT 585 - Thesis/Capstone Project in ASD
    (Autism Track Only)
    ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review
    ABA 698 - Thesis Completion

    General 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 four tracks below.

    ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior
    ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education
    ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior
    ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures
    ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development
    ABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical Disorders
    ABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders
    ABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings
    ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization
    AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism
    AUT 570 - Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 574 - Evidence-Based Practice
    AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement

    ABA and Childhood Clinical Disorders

    ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education
    ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development
    ABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical Disorders
    ABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders

    ABA and Organizational Behavior Management

    ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization
    ABA 506 - Performance Management
    ABA 507 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in Clinical Practice
    ABA 508 - OBM in Business
    ABA 509 - Applied OBM

    ABA and Mental Health

    ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders
    ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior
    ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures
    ABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings
    ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders

    Autism

    Required Course - 6 credits

    AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    AUT 578 - Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines
    *Note: Students in this concentration will choose 3 electives from the below list:
    AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism
    AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement
    AUT 550 - Supervision, Training and Organizational Management in an Autism Service Provision Context
    AUT 570 - Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism
    AUT 574 - Evidence-Based Practice
    ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior
    ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior
    ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures
    ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education

    Total Degree Requirements - 40 credits


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