Master’s Degree: MS – Applied Behavior Analysis (Capella University)

Expand your career opportunities, address the nationwide shortage of qualified behavior analysts, and make an impact on children and adults with behavioral disorders. Whether you’re pursuing a new career or looking to advance in your current role, our online Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis provides the skills to help you develop and achieve your goals. Courses are taught by faculty with top academic credentials, Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) certifications, and deep practitioner experience, and combine advanced psychology coursework with foundational knowledge of the field’s major competency areas.

With your Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella, you’ll learn to apply research-based theories and findings from the applied behavior analysis field to the experimental evaluation of interventions and treatment designs. You’ll also learn to communicate concepts and principles of behavior analysis, including definitions and characteristics, using the professional standards of applied behavior analysis.

Common jobs with an online program in applied behavior analysis include applied behavior analysis instructor, applied behavior analysis therapist, behavior analyst or behavior specialist. Potential workplaces include hospital, clinic, medical center, residential programs (group home, foster home, institutional) or organization behavior management (business and industry).

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following 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.

  • PSY7701 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7702 Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7703 Applied Behavior Analysis Research and Application* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7704 Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7705 Ethics for Applied Behavior Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
  • PSY7706 Issues in Assessment, Intervention Support, and Related Systems* (5 quarter credits)

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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