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Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Arts

Hybrid

Course Delivery

38

Total Credits

$34,105

Tuition

2 Years

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

Individuals who graduate from the Applied Behavior Analysis program will be skilled and experienced as a behavior analyst in a variety of settings. In the masters program, students will learn how to put data into practice through establishing strategies and activities for children with autism, intellectual, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. At the completion of MSU's Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA-ABA), students will be eligible to take the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

Program Highlights

#13 in Special Education in U.S. News Ranking for 2020

Program Outcomes

In the M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis program, students can expect small class sizes and hands-on training from faculty members who are leaders in their field. This will lead students to be well-prepared for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam, in fact, Spartans typically surpass the national first-time pass rate (65%) with an MSU average first-time pass rate of 85%. Based on the most recent data available, all students were able to begin a doctoral program or start a job immediately following graduation.

Career Outlook

Due to nationwide standards requiring insurance companies to provide ABA therapy to those in need, there is a high need for individuals with skills such as those gained from the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. Career opportunities vary across many fields, supervising ABA therapy for individuals with ASD, counseling, social work, special education and more. These opportunities can be found in clinics, homes, schools or residential treatment facilities with an average starting salary of $60,000+.

A Top-Ranked Education

 

  • 13th in Special Education Programs — U.S. News, 2020
  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Matthew Brodhead headshot

Dr. Matthew T. Brodhead

Assistant Professor and Research Director

Matthew T. Brodhead is an Assistant Professor and researcher who focuses on social skill interventions for children with autism. He is on the editorial board of several major journals, and also serves as the research director at MSU’s Early Learning Institute.

Course Information

 

Core

CEP 845 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (3 Credits)
CEP 848 - Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis (1 Credit)
CEP 851 - Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 Credits)
CEP 852 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 Credits)
CEP 853 - Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Change (3 Credits)
CEP 854 - Ethics in Behavior Analysis (3 Credits)
CEP 855 - Verbal Behavior in Education (3 Credits)
CEP 894F - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (10 Credits)
CEP 899 - Master’s Thesis Research (6 Credits)
CEP 942 - Single-case Experimental Design for Educational Research (3 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Previous work experience
    CV/Résumé
  • A written personal statement
    The personal statement should present an interpretive summary of your background, academic interests, and future goals as justification for your admission to a program of graduate study.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application

Key Dates

Fall

Application Deadline

January 15th

 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition costs are approximately $897.50 per credit hour, plus applicable taxes and fees.

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$34,105
$34,105

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

Individuals who graduate from the Applied Behavior Analysis program will be skilled and experienced as a behavior analyst in a variety of settings. In the masters program, students will learn how to put data into practice through establishing strategies and activities for children with autism, intellectual, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. At the completion of MSU's Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA-ABA), students will be eligible to take the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

Program Highlights

#13 in Special Education in U.S. News Ranking for 2020

Program Outcomes

In the M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis program, students can expect small class sizes and hands-on training from faculty members who are leaders in their field. This will lead students to be well-prepared for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam, in fact, Spartans typically surpass the national first-time pass rate (65%) with an MSU average first-time pass rate of 85%. Based on the most recent data available, all students were able to begin a doctoral program or start a job immediately following graduation.

Career Outlook

Due to nationwide standards requiring insurance companies to provide ABA therapy to those in need, there is a high need for individuals with skills such as those gained from the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. Career opportunities vary across many fields, supervising ABA therapy for individuals with ASD, counseling, social work, special education and more. These opportunities can be found in clinics, homes, schools or residential treatment facilities with an average starting salary of $60,000+.

A Top-Ranked Education

 

  • 13th in Special Education Programs — U.S. News, 2020
  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Matthew Brodhead headshot

Dr. Matthew T. Brodhead

Assistant Professor and Research Director

Matthew T. Brodhead is an Assistant Professor and researcher who focuses on social skill interventions for children with autism. He is on the editorial board of several major journals, and also serves as the research director at MSU’s Early Learning Institute.

Course Information

 

Core

CEP 845 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (3 Credits)
CEP 848 - Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis (1 Credit)
CEP 851 - Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 Credits)
CEP 852 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 Credits)
CEP 853 - Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Change (3 Credits)
CEP 854 - Ethics in Behavior Analysis (3 Credits)
CEP 855 - Verbal Behavior in Education (3 Credits)
CEP 894F - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (10 Credits)
CEP 899 - Master’s Thesis Research (6 Credits)
CEP 942 - Single-case Experimental Design for Educational Research (3 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Previous work experience
    CV/Résumé
  • A written personal statement
    The personal statement should present an interpretive summary of your background, academic interests, and future goals as justification for your admission to a program of graduate study.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application

Key Dates

Fall

Application Deadline

January 15th

 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition costs are approximately $897.50 per credit hour, plus applicable taxes and fees.

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$34,105
$34,105

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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