The Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program has been developed to meet the growing need for practitioners who are knowledgeable of the principles of behavior and skilled in the development, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions. This program is designed for current or prospective practitioners in education, mental health, clinical, and other human-service settings (e.g., school- and community/home-based settings, in- and out-patient hospital and clinics).
The coursework will provide students with a foundation in the philosophy of behaviorism, the principles of learning theory, and behavior-analytic research methods. Over the course of the year, students will also be exposed to current and best practices in behavioral assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Consistent with the experiential model of the William James College, students will complete a practicum during each of their first two semesters and an internship during each of their final summer sessions. This direct, hands-on experience in applied behavior analytic settings will provide students with the link between coursework and real-world applications. The coursework schedule has taken into account the work-schedules of potential students and all courses will be scheduled in the early evenings.
Upon completion of the program requirements, students will meet the minimum coursework and fieldwork standards set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to take the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Contingent on passing the BCBA exam, students will also meet the requirements to become a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in Massachusetts.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission