MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Behavior Analysis
The Caldwell University Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed to fulfill the growing demand for ABA professionals with expertise in the areas of developmental services and special education. Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International, this ABA graduate program offers a direct path to your career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA).
Our master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis focuses on the principles and procedures of basic and applied behavior analysis practice, primarily the application of behavior analysis and behavioral support in complex environments (i.e., home, school, work, other community settings, and institutional settings). Centered on research, you learn the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of advanced topics in behavior analysis and develop independent research through a master’s thesis.
Master’s Degree Admissions
At Caldwell University, the application deadlines for the ABA graduate program are:
- April 1 to begin in the Summer semester
- June 1 to begin in Fall
- December 1 to begin in Spring.
Applicants for the master’s degree in applied behavior analysis should have a bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in a related field such as psychology, education, or special education, as well as a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3.
Required application materials include:
- 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 and are eligible to apply for Federal financial aid. 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: at least 10 pages of a research-based paper in psychology or education 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: 2-3 pages describing the reasons for pursuing graduate study in applied behavior analysis at Caldwell University.
- Personal Interview
- Please note: applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted by the ABA department.
- Apply online to Caldwell Graduate Studies.
- Official electronic transcripts are welcomed at email@example.com, if the transcript is sent to Caldwell University by the institution or an approved third party such as Parchment or eSCRIP-Safe.
- Supporting application documents can be sent via standard mail to:
Caldwell University, Graduate Admissions,
120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006
OR via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.)
ABA Master’s Thesis Status
Registration in any thesis course grants a student full-time status. Master’s degree students who have completed all course requirements except for their thesis register in ABA 650 Thesis in ABA I for three credits. Upon successful completion of ABA 650 Thesis in ABA I, students register for ABA 651 Thesis in ABA II. With department permission, students who must continue beyond two semesters to complete their thesis may register in ABA 656 Thesis Continuation, a pass/fail non-credit bearing course that carries 3 billable credit hours.
Transfer of Graduate Credit
Caldwell University will accept the transfer of a maximum of twelve credits of graduate work in psychology, education, or a closely related field, provided that the credits were completed within five years of the student’s registration. Official transcripts of previous graduate work as well as the catalog description of each course must be submitted for review at the time of application. Approval of transfer credit is based on course content and grade earned in the course, which should not be lower than a B. Each transfer request will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator.
Earn your graduate ABA degree at Caldwell!
At Caldwell University, our master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis offers comprehensive ABA training to be eligible for BCBA certification. Furthermore, becoming an in-demand behavior analyst offers you a fulfilling career path assisting people with cognitive disabilities towards a more independent life.
Request more information to learn about the ABA graduate program or begin your Caldwell graduate application today!
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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.