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Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis

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About the Program

The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA-ABA) program at Michigan State University prepares students to be highly competent behavior analysts in educational settings and to develop and deliver educational and behavioral programming to children with autism, intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Students will develop in-depth knowledge and applied competence in the delivery of behavior analysis to improve the quality of life of consumers in various service settings. Students who complete the MA-ABA program at MSU will be eligible to take the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Are you interested in a fully online program in Applied Behavior Analysis? For additional information please contact Erin Hamilton, MA Coordinator at erinhami@msu.edu.

Program Overview

The MA-ABA program is intended to provide students an opportunity to develop and grow in the skills of behavior analysis to ultimately help improve the quality of life of their consumers in a variety of settings. This program is relevant for persons interested in pursuing careers in behavior analysis that require the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. This is a hybrid program, offering the convenience of online coursework combined with on-campus instruction and a small cohort. Practicum fieldwork is supervised directly by MSU faculty.

Project FOCCUS³ Fellowship: 2024-25 Funding and Training Opportunity

Read about the new Project FOCCUS³ fellowship opportunity, which will provide funding for selected graduate students to pursue a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or an educational specialist degree in School Psychology from Michigan State University. Fellowship graduates will prepare to be school psychologists and behavior analysts who support the academic and social-emotional functioning of children with high-intensity needs.

Scholars will complete their respective coursework along with specialized opportunities specifically for Project FOCCUS³ participants. This includes collaborative coursework with fellow cohort members, guest lectures and a summer intensive training institute to bolster learning and training.

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Project FOCCUS³ scholars will have tuition coverage and support for travel and materials each year in the program. Fall 2024 applicants to the M.A in ABA program are eligible to be considered for Project FOCCUS³. For more details, visit the Project FOCCUS³ website.

MA-ABA Program goals



BECOME SCIENTIST PRACTITIONERS


Learn to use data to inform intervention decisions.


SUPPORT MEANINGFUL CHANGE FOR OTHERS


Create socially significant growth for children and families.


BECOME A LEADER IN THE FIELD


Participate and lead our professional communities.

Concentrations in your studies

With the MA-ABA, there is a fusion of fieldwork experiences with coursework to create learning opportunities in behavior analysis across all aspects of the program. The cohort model takes advantage of working your way through the program with a peer network for additional support and learning.

These high-quality learning experiences can lead to success in and out of the classroom. 

Learn about the first cohort of MA-ABA graduates.
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MA-ABA by the numbers


85%


 TIME PASS RATE, BCBA® EXAM

All Students


ADVISED BY DOCTORAL LEVEL BCBAS

1:2


STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

37


Credit Program

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For me, the best part of the MA-ABA program at Michigan State University is the amount of access we have to our professors, and the amount of supervision, feedback and support we receive within our practicum placements as well as within our courses. All of the faculty are outstanding, very personable people who are always willing to offer advice or support.

KENZIE GATEWOOD

MA-ABA Student, Lead Behavior Technician