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MS - Applied Behavior Analysis

Professionals seeking an advanced education in behavioral intervention and treatment might consider enrolling in Capella University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis program. Read on to get more details about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this MS degree program might have completed undergraduate studies in psychology or counseling and be currently working in the field. Strong observational, problem-solving, and organizational skills are important for these students. Applicants to Capella University's master's degree programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From analysis methods to therapeutic approaches, the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Capella University is designed to address both fundamental and advanced concepts in the assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. In specialization courses, students could review behavior analysis terminology, research methodologies, functional behavioral assessment methods, behavioral change systems design,and the application of behavior change techniques. Students also learn about Skinner's work in the analysis of verbal behavior and how to apply this concept. The program's capstone allows students to demonstrate their understanding of material addressed throughout the program as they apply assessment and implementation techniques to research a chosen topic in behavior analysis. Students of this program could be eligible to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis:

Of the 60 credits needed to earn this degree, 40 are taken in the area of specialization, with the remaining 20 credits completed in core coursework. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Foundations of Theory and Practice for Master's Psychology Learners
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Quantitative Design and Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization Courses (40 credits)

  • Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Measurement and Research in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Analytic Assessments
  • Behavior Analytic Interventions
  • Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While completion of the MS - Applied Behavior Analysis program could lead graduates to explore advanced positions in clinics or other mental health settings, some careers might require a terminal degree. Graduates who wish to pursue employment as clinical psychologists need to obtain a doctorate. Some academic careers in colleges or universities might also require this type of degree.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Behavior Analysis

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the MS - Applied Behavior Analysis program, graduates might be prepared to assume such responsibilities as analyzing behavioral issues, creating treatment plans, and assessing the progress of individual clients. They might seek this work in mental health treatment centers, family service agencies, community health centers, halfway houses, detention centers, or prisons.

Positions graduates might consider include:

  • Behavior coach
  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavior specialist
  • Senior therapist
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

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