Master of Arts Program

The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 45-credit, two-year program, including two summer sessions. Two to three classes will be taken each semester, and the classes are held once per week in the evening. A 51-credit thesis option is also available. The coursework includes the applied, experimental and conceptual branches of behavior analysis, so students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them to work in a variety of settings. The program also includes practicum classes that will allow students to obtain supervision of fieldwork hours. Students interested in gaining research experience can pursue a thesis option in which they conduct an applied research project.

BACB course sequence approval

Students who complete this program will have met the coursework and fieldwork experience requirements to apply for licensure as applied behavior analysts in Massachusetts and to apply to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam (under the 4th Edition Task List). Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Required Courses:

Core Behavior Analysis Courses

ABA 500: Principles of Learning and Behavior Analysis*
ABA 501: Measurement and Research Methods in Behavior Analysis*
ABA 503: Behavior Analysis and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ABA 600: Behavioral and Functional Assessment*
ABA 601: Behavior-Analytic Interventions I*
ABA 602: Behavior-Analytic Interventions II*
ABA 603: Ethical, Legal and Professional Topics in Behavior Analysis*

Advanced Behavior Analysis Courses

ABA 604: Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis
ABA 605: The Experimental Analysis of Behavior
ABA 700: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I**
ABA 701: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II**
ABA 702: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis III**
ABA 804: Integrative Seminar in ABA

Interdisciplinary Courses

RCP 530: Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice
PSY 502: Psychology of Development*** OR
SCP 545: Human Growth and Development through the Life Span***

*BACB Verified Course Sequence course
**BACB  verified practicum course
***Students may choose to take PSY 502 or SCP 545 depending on the semester the course is taken

Optional Courses

ABA 800: Pre-thesis Seminar in ABA
ABA 801: MA Thesis in ABA I
ABA 802: MA Thesis in ABA II
ABA 803: MA Thesis in ABA III

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Qualifying Examination

The qualifying exam is required for all students in the Applied Behavior Analysis M.A. and C.A.G.S. programs. The exam itself will be conducted in such a way as to maximize your opportunity to exhibit integration of the theoretical, basic, applied, and ethical principles learned across the curriculum. Students completing the optional thesis in ABA will complete a thesis defense in lieu of the qualifying exam.

Assumption cannot guarantee that students successfully completing the program will pass the certification exam or become licensed.