Program Overview

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The mission of the program is that all graduating students become scientist-practitioners who are leaders in the provision of services that improve the quality of life of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders, as well as other populations benefiting from ABA services.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the courses in this program toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBAB) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA) examination. The coursework in this program includes 315 instructional hours of coursework in ABA, and 1500-2000 hours of supervised field work.

After graduating from the program, students will have completed all of the coursework and most or all of the fieldwork requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst™ (BCBA™) certification exam. A unique component of the program is the provision of two courses in developmental psychology that provide students with an up-to-date survey of theory and research in cognitive, social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Additional elective coursework focuses on child language acquisition, psychopathology, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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Program Director

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox

Program Assistant

Veronica Padilla