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MS in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for students who are looking for a program that applies modern psychological theories to special populations. Find out more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering the Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis can benefit by having some psychology knowledge or undergraduate education and should be interested in a career involving psychology and behavior. All applicants to Purdue University Global's graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis was designed to provide students with a foundation of basic psychology principles and theories as well as present students the opportunity to gain knowledge about special populations. Classes are intended to develop student understanding of special populations, such as the mentally disabled, the autistic, and those with traumatic brain injuries, as well as provide the opportunity for students to apply behavioral concepts and develop assessment and intervention techniques. Master of Science in Psychology students can choose between a practicum or nonpracticum route to complete their degree.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

65 or 70 credits depending on if you choose the Nonpracticum or Practicum route, respectively.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis:

The Master of Science in Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis has two different track options. Student who choose the nonpracticum track will complete 65 credits, which includes 40 credits of core courses and 25 credits of electives. The practicum exam track requires 70 credits, which are made up of 40 core credits and 30 elective credits. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (40 credits)

  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Ethics and Standards of Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development
  • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Master's Research and Thesis I
  • Master's Research and Thesis II

Concentration Requirements (25-30 credits)

  • Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Advanced Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data
  • Implementing Behavioral Change
  • Clinical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Practicum students take the following course:
    • Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this master's degree program who wish to become a licensed clinical or counseling psychologist will need to earn a doctorate. This advanced degree program could also help students gain advanced knowledge of psychological theories as well as gain counseling skills and prepare them for state licensure. Some of the doctoral degree programs that students could consider include:

  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis

Career Paths:

After successfully completing Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, graduates could be ready for careers where they interact with special populations. They could seek a variety of positions that utilize contemporary psychological theories and apply them to implementing behavioral change, interpreting psychological data, or research design. Some of the jobs they could consider include:

  • Counselor
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Social Worker

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