Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the philosophy and science of human behavior. While ABA is often associated with autism, it has been successfully used across many populations including teaching children and adults with developmental disabilities, improving workplace performance and safety, helping people make lifestyle changes, overcoming fears and phobias, and helping people manage mental health stressors such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
ABA has been developed for the past 75 years and has hundreds of researchers studying human behavior across a variety of settings. Students in this program will learn why people do what they do and how to change behavior to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program offers students the opportunity to learn how to make a positive difference in individual’s lives. Earning your Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Antioch University New England will help you gain the skills to:
- Work with adults and children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Individuals with a passion in this area, work with individuals to teach them how to communicate, interact with others, succeed in school, and live independently
- Consult with businesses to help improve employee performance and create a high quality work environment
- Work with individuals with socio/emotional disorders, anxiety, addictions and head injuries.
- Work in a variety of settings such as clinics, schools, homes, day treatment centers, residential facilities, and community integrated living arrangements
- Teach courses at a college or university
Specialized courses are taught in each of these areas, in addition to the foundational courses offered, to allow students to have a more focused scope of study in areas they are most interested in!
Courses are taught by faculty members in an interactive format, which provides flexibility for students to only come to campus once per month on the weekends, and opportunities to build a community with other individuals in the program. Students also have the opportunity to engage in supervised practice hours in a variety of settings. The ABA Program at AUNE offers practicum placements for students to earn BCBA supervision.
Upon completion of the Master’s Degree, students will have completed the necessary coursework to sit for the national exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®). The BCBA credential is nationally recognized as the highest standard in the field. Our program is an Accredited Course Sequence (ACS) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and our students work with a variety of children and adults in all of the above-referenced populations and are well-respected professionals throughout New England and beyond.
This program accommodates working professionals. Classes start in late August with a series of weekends, once a month. Students may enter the program with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. Learn more about the educational requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
- Designed for individuals who already have an earned Bachelor’s Degree
- Weekend schedule with monthly classes – convenient for working professionals
- Practicum Opportunities with BCBA Supervision
- Starts in late August
- Designed to meet the educational requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®
This 33-credit degree program can be completed in seven semesters. Requires a 1000 to 1500-hour internship or independent field study, approximately 10-30 hours/week.
- Ethical Considerations in Behavior Analysis 1 (1 credit)
- Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change (3 credits)
- Behavioral Methods Lab (1 credit)
- Elective (1 credit)
- Elective (1 credit)
- Additional 3 credits to be determined
- Research Methods in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorders (1 credit)
- Professional Seminar 1 (1 credit)
- Internship 1 (optional, 2 credits)
- Identification of Problem & Assessment (2 credits)
- Ethical Considerations in Behavior Analysis 2 (1 credit)
- Professional Seminar 2 (1 credit)
- Internship 2 (optional, 2 credits)
- Elective (1 credit)
- ABA Interventions, Systems, & Implementation (3 credits)
- Professional Seminar 3 (1 credit)
- Internship 3 (optional, 2 credits)
- Elective (1 credit)
- Mastery Seminar (3 credits)
- Professional Seminar 4 (1 credit)
- Elective (1 credit)
Total Educational Requirements 33 credits
Total Clinical Credits (optional) 6 credits
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to the the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.
The Applied Behavior Analysis Program provides a variety of quality, intensive, hands-on training experiences for students at local schools and agencies. These practicum placements provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice the various roles of a behavior analyst while working closely with an assigned university supervisor and a mentoring professional from their individual placement site. The supervision provided meets the standards determined by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and is accompanied by a professional seminar course that allows students to share experiences and knowledge gained in placement sites.
- For Fall Entry: July 1
How to Apply
- Complete the online admissions application, including:
- Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
- Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
- Non-refundable $50 application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
- Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
- There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
- Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
- Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.
Official transcripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
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It is strongly encouraged that all students gain supervised experience through a practicum placement agreed upon by the student and the director of practica at Antioch University New England. Students completing practicum experience through a University approved site will earn graduate credit for successful practicum completion. Other experience opportunities can be arranged for students needing special accommodations.
The Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (ABA) program is designed to prepare graduates to meet the educational requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).
In February 2013, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) made significant changes to the degree eligibility requirements for BCBA and BCaBA programs.
What this means for you:
If your goal is certification as a BCBA, you must possess a minimum of a master’s degree, from an accredited university, that was:
- conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, or
- conferred in a master’s degree program in which you completed a BACB-approved course sequence
Other requirements apply regarding experience hours, supervision, and approved course sequence. For more information, please visit the BACB website.