MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
The Caldwell University on-campus ABAI accredited M.A. in ABA was designed to prepare students for employment within the fields where there are growing demands for competent professionals with expertise in applied behavior analysis: namely, developmental services, special education, and mental health.
Students are required to show proficiency in coursework and to complete a research thesis. The curriculum for this program focuses on (a) the principles and procedures of basic and applied behavior analysis practice and research and (b) the application of behavior analysis and behavioral support in complex environments (i.e., home, school, work, other community settings, and institutional settings) (c) conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of advanced topics in behavior analysis (d) development and completion of independent research in behavior analysis.
Note: The application deadlines for the M.A. in ABA are:
April 1 – Summer • June 1 – Fall • December 1 – Spring
- Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in a related field such as psychology, education, or special education
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3
- Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
- Satisfactory scores on the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (Students who already have a master’s degree are exempt from this requirement) Note: Because of COVID-19, conditional acceptance will be offered to qualified applicants who initially do not submit the GRE or MAT. Conditionally accepted students will be allowed to enroll in courses, are eligible to apply for Federal financial aid, and the GRE or MAT scores can be submitted after test centers fully reopen, most likely within the first two semesters of enrollment.
- Two letters of recommendation for graduate study
- Writing sample: a research-based paper in psychology or education of at least ten pages that was previously submitted as part of an undergraduate or graduate course. Other subject matter may be considered if the candidate has had limited prior psychology or education work.
- Personal statement of 2-3 pages in length describing the reasons for pursuing graduate study in ABA at Caldwell University..
- Personal Interview (applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted by the ABA Department).
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a well developed scientific discipline that entails the comprehensive use of empirically validated principles of learning to develop, implement, and evaluate practical strategies to enhance the abilities and self-direction skills of both children and adults in the context of community, home, and educational settings. Although the principles and procedures developed within ABA have been successfully applied in areas such as psychology, traditional and special education, business, industrial safety, addiction, self-management, and rehabilitation, ABA has been most publicly successful in its application to skill development and behavior change for people with developmental disabilities, such as those with autism-spectrum disorders and cognitive delays.
RETENTION FOR ALL PROGRAMS IN ABA DEPARTMENT
Students may only earn one grade below B for the graduate level courses. This course may be repeated to earn a higher letter grade. Any student who receives a grade below B in a second graduate level course will be dismissed from the program.
- Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis
- M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABAI Accredited)
- Combined B.A. in Psychology/M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Post-Master Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
The core of each program is 24 credits which have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® examination. These courses are:
- ABA 526 Behavior Analysis and Learning
- ABA 534 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis
- ABA 537 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
- ABA 556 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
- ABA 561 Ethics and Professionalism for Behavior Analysts
- ABA 615 Functional Behavior Analysis
- ABA 624 Organizational Behavior Management
- ABA 655 Philosophy of Behaviorism Those who wish to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® examination must meet additional requirements to qualify for certification. (See www.bacb.com for certification requirements.)
A Catholic Liberal Arts Education
At the core of a Caldwell education is our liberal arts curriculum, designed to guide students to critical thinking skills, appreciate diverse cultures, and acquire a moral and civic awareness.
Students develop the whole self as they absorb learning through our liberal arts core: the humanities; the physical and biological sciences, and mathematics; and the social sciences.