Graduate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs
Applied Behavior Analysis programs, or ABA programs, explore the use of techniques and psychological concepts to create behavioral changes. Offered at the Masters, Doctorate, and Certificate levels, most ABA degree programs cover principles of behavioral psychology and their use in education, mental health, clinical, and other human-service settings.
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Applied behavior analysis graduate programs often highlight a research-based study of how behavior science can be applied to mental ailments such as autism spectrum disorders, or intellectual disabilities. There may also be ABA programs where behavior is studied so that students can see how consumers act for market research purposes and other business applications.
What Is ABA Therapy?
ABA therapy uses techniques and principles to bring about positive change in behavior. These practices are based on theories of how people learn.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs explore the scientific study of learning and behavior to help students prepare to provide this support.i As applied behavioral analysis is an objective discipline, programs often focus on the data analysis of observed behaviors.
They also explore how environments influence behavior and how behavior can be modified, reinforced, or transformed.
What Is Applied Behavior Analysis Used For?
The goal of Applied Behavior Analysis is to help people who have mental illness, autism, developmental disabilities, or other behavior challenges make socially significant behavior changes.
A certified behavioral analyst might create an assessment and treatment plan to help clients learn social, communication, and adaptive life skills. Certified behavioral analysts typically hold a masters behavioral analysis degree, have completed a period of supervised practical experience and passed the BCBA exam.iii
Find Accredited ABA Programs
Applied Behavior Analysis graduate programs may be available from regionally accredited universities. This level of approval speaks to quality standards vis a vis curricula, faculty, student services, and more.
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- Weston, MAWeston, MA
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is commonly associated with the treatment of autism spectrum disorders; however, it has diverse applications including organizational behavior management, behavioral psychology, and behavioral pharmacology.
Earn your master’s in applied behavior analysis in less than 2 years online at Pepperdine. Experience clinical training and prepare to sit for the board certified behavior analyst exam. GRE not required.
- Boston, MABoston, MA
The PhD program in Behavior Analysis is a 68-credit doctoral program designed to train and position qualified behavior analysts to make significant contributions to the science and to the community...
- Boston, MA
Purdue University Global
The rise in children receiving autism diagnoses is expected to increase the need for skilled professionals who understand the needs of autistic children.* Professionals in this area utilize behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and in...
- Davenport, IA
- Des Moines, IA
- Hagerstown, MD
- Indianapolis, IN
- Mason City, IA
- Milwaukee, WI
- Omaha, NE
- Rockville, MD
- South Portland, ME
- Saint Louis, MO
- Lewiston, ME
- Cedar Rapids, IA
- Augusta, ME
The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyUpcoming Start Date: May 06, 2019
Applied Behavior Analysis is the ethical design, implementation and evaluation of environmental changes to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. At the master’s level, the Applied Behavior Analysis program incorporates the cont...
- Chicago, IL
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Irvine, CA
- Washington, DC
- Newton, MANewton, MA
William James College
The 1-year Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is designed for working professionals who want to support children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Evening classes and fieldwork prepare you to take BCBA exams.
- Montgomery, ALMontgomery, AL
Auburn University At Montgomery
Our program offers opportunities to acquire clinical and research skills that may lead to either employment at the masters level or continued study at...
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
The Program in Neurobiology and Behavior is a University-wide, interdepartmental Ph.D. training program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University. This program also participates in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program available to ca...
- Claremont, CAClaremont, CA
Claremont Graduate University
In recent years, the increasing worldwide recognition of the value of accountability and professionalism has created an intense demand for high qualit...
- Columbia, MDColumbia, MD
Johns Hopkins UniversityUpcoming Start Date: May 06, 2019
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), designed for special educators, administrators and school counselors, will offer specific coursework and training in the field of applied behavior analysis.
Montana State University - Billings
ABA Therapy, research based intervention for the treatment of challenging behavior in children and adults with disabilities.
- Hempstead, NYHempstead, NY
This program will prepare students to work in the field of applied behavior analysis.
- Durant, OKDurant, OK
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
The Counseling programs are designed to provide the appropriate counselor training and perspective necessary for graduates to function effectively in...
- Augusta, GAAugusta, GA
Augusta State University
The Applied Experimental Program offers an intensive education in experimental psychology geared toward students who want to work after the degree.
- Erie, MIErie, MI
Prepares students to create comprehensive solutions to socially important issues that primarily result from human behavior.
- Flushing, NYFlushing, NY
Queens College - City University Of New York
The goal of the Advanced Certificate program is to prepare people to design, deliver, and evaluate individualized behavioral interventions.
- Youngstown, OHYoungstown, OH
Youngstown State University
- Denton, TXDenton, TX
University of North Texas
In behavior analysis, change is good and often has a lasting, positive impact on a business, school or individual. The first step to a meaningful career in the field can be taken at the University of North Texas by pursuing a Master of Science degree in B...
- Glassboro, NJGlassboro, NJ
The MA in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for working students (i.e., evening classes) and can be completed in 4 semesters for full-time students. The implementation date is Spring 2009.
- Manhattan, KSManhattan, KS
Kansas State University
The Human Factors/Applied Experimental Psychology Graduate Program at Kansas StateUniversity is designed to prepare students for careers as experiment...