Earn your master’s degree from UMassD
Earn your Master of Arts in Psychology with an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focus in just 7 semesters. The UMass Dartmouth ABA program prepares graduates to fill a critical need for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).
Fall, Year 1
- PSY509—Principles of ABA
- PSY504—Topics in Child Development
Spring, Year 1
- PSY526—Research and Design in ABA
- PSY519—Child Psychopathology
Fall, Year 2
- PSY531—Behavioral Assessment
- PSY 533-Supervision and Management
Spring, Year 2
- PSY532—Behavioral Interventions
- PSY525—Implementing Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
Summer, Year 2
- PSY582—Fieldwork and Seminar I
Fall, Year 3
- PSY529—Ethics and Professionalism in ABA
- PSY583—Fieldwork and Seminar II
Spring, Year 3
- PSY527—Clinical Applications in ABA
- PSY584—Fieldwork and Seminar III
This master’s program prepares students to meet the academic requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. View BCBA pass rates (PDF).
This part-time, 36-credit program is designed be completed in three years. Students can have some flexibility as long as they complete it on a timely basis. UMass Dartmouth also offers an Applied Behavior Analyst Graduate Certificate for professionals who have earned a master’s degree in education or psychology. This is a two year, 18-credit program that provides the academic requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA exam.
ABA Program Advantages
- Earn your MA in psychology and learn from faculty who have specific training in behavior analysis and psychology. This coursework sequence has been verified to meet the academic requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.
- Receive comprehensive ABA training that complements the theoretical framework of psychology.
- As a state university UMass Dartmouth’s tuition and fees are more manageable.
- Conveniently located in the SouthCoast of Massachusetts, UMass Dartmouth is the only ABA program in this region and there is a strong, local demand for BCBAs.
- The UMassD program is structured so that individuals can do their experience hours as part of their job, provided they can be supervised by a certified BCBA.
- work with a variety of populations including autistic children and adults, developing children, adults with intellectual disabilities, and seniors with dementia
- practice in various settings including clinics, hospitals, residential treatment centers, public schools and community agencies
Learning Style: On campus
Blended – Many of the ABA courses combine online and face-to-face classes in each course.
Faculty teaching in the ABA program
R. Thomas Boone, PhD
Social and Developmental Psychology, Brandeis University:
Studies emotion communication and cooperation.
Gary M. Pace, PhD, BCBA-D
Learning and Physiological Psychology, University of Kentucky: research interests include applied
behavior analysis, severe behavior disorders, antecedent control procedures, treatment integrity, acquired brain injury.
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology or closely related field including human services, sociology, education and/or work experience in the ABA field.
- A minimum undergraduate cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading system is required. Students not meeting this requirement but who otherwise give evidence of strong academic ability may be admitted.
- Signature on the Psychology Department “Competency and Fitness” and “Self Disclosure” forms.
- Fall semester application deadline: August 15
- Applications are considered on a rolling basis—so apply early—and decisions are made by the Psychology Department.
- Students may be admitted to a maximum of 9 credit hours (3 courses) in a non-matriculated status with permission of the Director of the ABA Program. Following completion of 9 credit hours, students must be admitted to the program to continue studies.
Submit the following:
- Graduate application
- Three letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to send letters from both academic settings addressing academic readiness, and from work settings addressing capacity for employment in ABA.
- A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. Applicants should write about their experience in ABA and/or readiness for training in ABA.