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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. 

    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

    Admission 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

    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 Courses - 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
    • AUT 585 - Thesis/Capstone Project in ASD (Cr: 3)
      (Autism Track Only)
    • ABA 699 - Comprehensive Review (Cr: 0)
    • ABA 698 - Thesis Completion (Cr: 1)

    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 (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)

    ABA and Childhood Clinical Disorders

    • ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education (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 and Organizational Behavior Management

    • ABA 505 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM): Translating Behavior Analysis to the Organization (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 506 - Performance Management (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 507 - Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) in Clinical Practice (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 508 - OBM in Business (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 509 - Applied OBM (Cr: 3)

    ABA and Mental Health

    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (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 503 - Collaboration in Mental Health Settings (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 504 - Skill Building for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)

    Autism

    Required Courses - 6 credits

    • AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 578 - Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines (Cr: 3)
      *Note: Students in this concentration will choose 3 electives from the below list:
    • 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)
    • ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior (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 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education (Cr: 3)

    Total Degree Requirements - 40 credits


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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: