M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Overview

Saint Elizabeth University's Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis extends the student's knowledge beyond basic behavioral principles and procedures to more advanced concepts.

While retaining a practitioner focus, this program gives students in-depth knowledge of topics such as conditioned reinforcement, motivational influences on behavior, and error-less teaching procedures. With this background, program graduates are prepared to address the most complex behavior problems and learning challenges.

Course content is based on the BACB Fifth Edition Task List and prepares students to take the BCBA exam. Students complete six (6) core courses, plus an additional six (6) courses (35 credits) that extend the student's familiarity with clinical procedures and with the research supporting their use.

Completers of the Master's program can be contracted with a BCBA supervisor to begin supervision accruing hours (1500) toward the BACB Experience requirement.

Completion of these courses and the required field experience of 1500 hours is needed to qualify for the BCBA certification examination.

Degree Requirements

The program requires the successful completion of 35 credit hours. All students must take the following courses:

Required Courses (35 Credits)

ABA600Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis


ABA601Behavior Analysis & Learning


ABA602Research Methods and Measurement


ABA603Research Methods and Experimental Design


ABA604Interventions & Evidence-Based Practice


ABA605Assessment & Strategic Design


ABA606Applied Ethics


ABA607Writing for Publication and Presentation


ABA608Analysis for Verbal Behavior


ABA609Behavior Change Systems


ABA610Supervision & Management


ABA611Culminating Requirement


Admission Criteria

Applicants must follow all of the admission criteria for graduate programs including but not limited to:

  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement: An assessment of applicant's strengths and areas of development as they relate to this selected field of study; and applicant's educational objectives and career goals and how they relate to this area of study. For example: What is it that attracted you to this program? Use specific examples when possible.
  • Personal Interview Online
  • Completed Application