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Master of Science in Behavior Analysis
M.S. in Behavior Analysis
To use behavior analysis to inspire solutions that lead to a more rewarding life. To create educational opportunities for every student to research and apply behavior analysis in their chosen field. To prepare students for professional roles in experimental and applied behavior analysis with a curriculum that meets the course content requirements for eligibility for both certification and licensure as a behavior analyst, and experiences that allow students to blend science and practice into their approach to solving real-world problems for a variety of populations, and to pursue higher degrees.
The full master’s program curriculum consists of 37.5 credits, which includes nine required seminars, an exam review course, and options for supervised experience, directed study, or master’s thesis. Learn more about program requirements and courses. Students applying to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for certification are expected to meet additional requirements and should consult with the BACB directly concerning eligibility.
Program highlights include:
- Individualized programs of study tailored to your unique professional goals
- Internationally-renowned faculty focused on growing your knowledge base with their expertise in quantitative and experimental psychology, behavioral assessment of complex thinking skills, and translation of knowledge from research to applied settings
- Unique opportunities to conduct experiments in our operant laboratory under the guidance of faculty mentors
- All students complete a master’s project or thesis under the supervision of program faculty
- A course sequence that makes it possible for full-time professionals to complete a master’s degree in as few as two years
Certification and Licensure
Our program includes a course sequence that has been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI: See information about verified course sequences) to meet the educational coursework requirements to apply to the BACB to apply to take examinations related to Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA; see information about pass rates*). Eligibility requirements are determined by the BACB.
*Disclaimer: 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.
The program is also designed according to the current requirements for licensure in Massachusetts. Licensure requirements for applied behavior analysts are subject to change, so students should consult directly with the state licensure office regarding requirements.
Behavior analysis is a growing and high demand field in which practitioners may be employed by hospitals, clinics, social service agencies, schools, and other related areas. Examples of the populations served and areas of application include children and adults with development delays; veteran and military populations; deaf populations; and additional groups and interventions. Behavior analysts can also conduct research for organizations, companies, and institutions of higher learning; pursue administrative positions within ABA organizations; or serve as consultants to government and non-government institutions.
According to the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, the median pay behavior analysts is approximately $60,000 per year.* Graduates of our program have secured positions at Melmark New England, Futures Behavior Therapy Center, Hopeful Journeys Educational Center, SEEM Collaborative, May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and a variety of public schools.
*Source: APBA 2009 Professional Employment Survey Results
Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you.
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