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Students in the MA-ABA program are required to complete:

  • Coursework
  • Fieldwork: 1. Clinical Practicum 2. Research Practicum
  • Thesis

MA-ABA Coursework

The following courses represent the required courses students take during their two years in the program. Some of these courses are offered face-to-face, with the course scheduled one evening a week to allow students to complete intensive fieldwork requirements. Other courses are offered online, with students able to complete all assignments off campus. It is not possible to substitute any of the courses or take courses in an alternative order. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc. (hereafter “BACB”) has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements (i.e., fieldwork, exam application) to qualify for the exam.

Verified Course Sequence pass-rate data

MSU’s hybrid M.A. in ABA program had a first-time pass rate of 85.71% in 2021, according to BACB data.

** = online course

MA-ABA Coursework Sequence

  • Year 1
    • Fall Courses
      • *CEP 851: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
      • CEP 852: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
      • CEP 894F: Clinical Practicum 1 (2 credits)
    • Spring Courses
      • *CEP 845: Assessment and Intervention in ASD
      • CEP 942: Single-case Experimental Design
      • CEP 894F: Clinical Practicum 2 (2 credits)
    • Summer Courses
      • CEP 894F: Clinical Practicum 3 (2 credits)
      • CEP 899: Master’s Thesis Research (2 credits)
      • CEP 848: Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Year 2
    • Fall Courses
      • CEP 853: Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Change
      • *CEP 855: Verbal Behavior in Education
      • CEP 899: Master’s Thesis Research (2 credits)
      • CEP 894F: Clinical Practicum 4 (2 credits)
    • Spring Courses
      • *CEP 854: Ethics in Behavior Analysis
      • CEP 894F: Clinical Practicum 5 (2 credits)
      • GRADUATION!!!

* = online course

Note: If not indicated, all courses = 3 credits

MA-ABA Course Alignment with Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc. 4th Edition Task List

CEP 851CEP 845CEP 852CEP 853CEP 854CEP 855CEP 942Totals
45 Hours in ethical & professional conduct3 hrs45 hrs48 hrs
45 Hours in concepts & principles of behavior analysis45 hrs5 hrs50 hrs
25 hours in measurement (including data analysis)12 hrs19 hrs31 hrs
20 hours in experimental design3 hrs20 hrs23 hrs
30 hours in identification of the problem & assessment21 hrs9 hrs30 hrs
45 hours in fundamental elements of behavior change & specific behavior change procedures15 hrs25 hrs6 hrs21 hrs67 hrs
10 hours behavior change systems10 hrs10 hrs
10 hours in intervention & behavior change considerations4 hrs3 hrs6 hrs13 hrs
10 hours in implementation, management & supervision4 hrs6 hrs10 hrs
30 hours in discretionary5 hrs4 hrs24 hrs33 hrs
TOTALS45 hrs45 hrs45 hrs45 hrs45 hrs45 hrs45 hrs315 hrs