Applied Behavior Analysis

Major: Applied Behavior Analysis
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 46.5
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 42.2814
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-3031

About the Program

Behavior analysis is a widely accepted and validated scientific approach to the investigation and manipulation of the environmental arrangements that occasion behavior. Extensive research with proven methods and impressive findings has helped develop the technology now called applied behavior analysis. Behavior analytic clinical and research advances have led to significant contributions in educational programming, and mental health and behavioral health assessment and treatment approaches.

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis will prepare clinical and educational leaders in the field of evidence-based approaches using behavior analytic principles and techniques. Graduates from this program will be highly successful candidates for institutions searching for knowledgeable and skilled behavior analysts serving in a variety of roles in behavior analytic settings. Interested students will also be prepared to transition to PhD programs in Applied Behavior Analysis and related fields.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the Master's Core Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional experience and supervision requirements.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Kyra Dukes, MS
Program Manager
Applied Behavior Analysis
kat353@drexel.edu

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA).

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume

The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant’s potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study. The applicant’s potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered.

Interviews, in person or by phone, may be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admission’s standard admissions criteria.

Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular university schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

The online program admits students both in the Fall and Spring Terms, while the on-campus and DC Residency program only admits students in the Fall.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Kyra Dukes, MS
Program Manager
Applied Behavior Analysis
kat353@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

Requirements
Core Applied Behavior Analysis Courses
EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
EDEX 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
Select one of the following concentration options:9.0
Option 1: Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration
(select 3 of the following)
Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics & Methods: Autism
Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism
Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Option 2: Fieldwork Concentration *
Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis
An Analysis of Verbal Behavior
Option 3: Social Emotional and Behavior Wellness
(select 3 of the following)
Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices
Understanding Social Emotional Disorders
Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care
Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotion Wellness
Capstone Courses6.0-7.5
Students have the option to select one of the following capstone tracks.
Thesis
Thesis Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course II
Practitioner
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Total Credits46.5-48.0

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the Core Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Sample Plan of Study

MS Applied Behavior Analysis with Fieldwork Concentration Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
EDEX 640An Analysis of Verbal Behavior 3.0
 Term Credits7.5
Term 3
EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
EDEX 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
EDUP 780
or EDUT 780
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course I
3.0
EDEX 701Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUP 781
or EDUT 781
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
3.0-4.5
EDEX 701Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis3.0
 Term Credits6.0-7.5
Total Credit: 46.5-48.0

MS Applied Behavior Analysis with Social Emotional and Behavioral Wellness Concentration Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
EDEX 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
EDEX 580, 581, 582,
or 583
Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices
Understanding Social Emotional Disorders
Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care
Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotion Wellness
3.0
EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 5
EDEX 580, 581, 582,
or 583
Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices
Understanding Social Emotional Disorders
Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care
Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotion Wellness
3.0
EDUP 780
or EDUT 780
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course I
3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDEX 580, 581, 582,
or 583
Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices
Understanding Social Emotional Disorders
Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care
Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotion Wellness
3.0
EDUP 781
or EDUT 781
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
3.0-4.5
 Term Credits6.0-7.5
Total Credit: 46.5-48.0

MS Applied Behavior Analysis with Autism Concentration Plan of Study 

Term 1Credits
EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
EDEX 555, 556, 558, 560,
or 562
Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics & Methods: Autism
Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism
Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders
3.0
EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 3
EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
EDEX 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
EDEX 555, 556, 558, 560,
or 562
Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics & Methods: Autism
Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism
Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders
3.0
EDUP 780
or EDUT 780
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course I
3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDEX 555, 556, 558, 560,
or 562
Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Characteristics & Methods: Autism
Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism
Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders
3.0
EDUP 781
or EDUT 781
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
3.0-4.5
 Term Credits6.0-7.5
Total Credit: 46.5-48.0
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