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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis


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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


Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.





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** = 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: Research Practicum 1 (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: Research Practicum 2 (1 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

course alignment task list