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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 which meet the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Elective courses span the areas of autism, childhood clinical disorders, mental health, and organizational behavior management. 

    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. 

    Endicott's 2020 Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam passrate was 81%. 

  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 40

    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)
      OR
    • ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review (Cr: 0)
    • ABA 698 - Thesis Completion (Cr: 1)

    General 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 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)
    • ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures (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 530 - Documenting and Maintaining Client Records (Cr: 1)
    • ABA 531 - Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 532 - Motivation and Reinforcement (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 533 - Progressive Applications in ABA (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement (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)
    • ABA 572 - Thesis Mentorship (Cr: 0)

    Childhood Clinical Disorders

    • ABA 501 - Collaboration in Childhood Clinical Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA (Cr: 3)
      The following courses are optional:
    • ABA 502 - Social Skills for Learners with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 521 - Evidence-Based Curriculum Development (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 531 - Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 532 - Motivation and Reinforcement (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 533 - Progressive Applications in ABA (Cr: 3)

    Organizational Behavior Management

    • ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 506 - Performance Management (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 509 - Applied OBM (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA (Cr: 3)
      The following courses are optional:
    • ABA 507 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in Clinical Practice (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 508 - OBM in Business (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 531 - Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 532 - Motivation and Reinforcement (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 533 - Progressive Applications in ABA (Cr: 3)

    Mental Health

    • ABA 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA (Cr: 3)
      The following courses are optional:
    • ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 531 - Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 532 - Motivation and Reinforcement (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 533 - Progressive Applications in ABA (Cr: 3)

    Autism

    • ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 506 - Performance Management (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 531 - Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 532 - Motivation and Reinforcement (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 533 - Progressive Applications in ABA (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 585 - Thesis/Capstone in ABA (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 578 - Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines (Cr: 3)
      *Note: Students in this concentration will choose 2 electives from the below list, including at lease one AUT course:
    • AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 550 - Supervision, Training and Organizational Management in an Autism Service Provision Context (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)

    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

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M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis

Affordable and accelerated graduate program.

40 Credits Required
Designed for working professionals. Advance your career with online courses.
27 Months to Completion
Complete you degree in just over 2 years.
$624 Per credit hour
We offer incredible value despite a lower tuition than our competitors.

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
  • Multiple concentrations available including:
  • 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

Available Concentrations: