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Requirements for Applied Behavior Analysis - Master of Arts in Psychology

This master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a three-year, 36-credit program. Please note, students can choose to complete this program at their own pace. It is not a requirement that it be completed in three years; however, it is expected that students will complete this program on a timely basis. Specific ABA courses within the master’s program will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. 

ABA MA fact sheet 

Course schedule by years of study:

First Year Students


  • PSY 504 - Topics in Child Development
  • PSY 509 - Principles of ABA


  • PSY 519 - Child Psychopathology
  • PSY 520 - Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis


  • Optional: Statistics Refresher
  • PSY 525 - Implementing Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings

Second Year Students


  • PSY 502 - Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 526 - Research Design/Ethics


  • PSY 518 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY 582 - Fieldwork and Seminar in ABA I (2 credits)

Third Year Students


  • Either
    • PSY 503 - Advanced Psychopathology OR
    • PSY 505 - Research Methods and Design
  • PSY 583 - Fieldwork and Seminar in ABA II (2 credits)


  • PSY 527 - Clinical applications in ABA
  • PSY 584 - Fieldwork and Seminar in ABA III (2 credits)

Total Credits: 36