Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Developed in response to the increasing demand for teachers and practitioners trained in best practices for the education and treatment of individuals with autism and related disabilities, the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western New England University will give working professionals the skills to fill this void. Through a combination of coursework and supervised practical experiences, students completing this program will earn a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and meet the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) requirements for taking the exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Learn to Apply Science to Practice

Through a combination of coursework and supervised practical and research experiences, the aim of the Master's degree program is to train scientist-practitioners in application of behavior analysis toward solving human behavior problems of societal importance (e.g., autism and related disabilities). Students will learn to apply empirically-supported assessment, teaching, and intervention strategies and to analyze the effects of their teaching and intervention programs.

Partnership with the New England Center for Children

Western New England University has partnered with the prestigious New England Center for Children to offer this new program. The Center, located in Southborough, MA, is home to a school for over 200 children with autism and includes a faculty of over 600 educators. The Center provides state-of-the-art education for children on the Autism Spectrum. Full time employees of The New England Center for Children receive generous tuition support for this program.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in their undergraduate degree program and a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission. Applicants who do not meet one of these criteria may be considered for admission based on other aspects of their application.

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Program Structure and Requirements

All students will be assigned doctoral-level, Board Certified Behavior Analysts as advisors upon admission to the program. Advisors and students will work collaboratively on the students’ professional development. Students are expected to complete 36 total credit hours with 18 credit hours being dedicated to coursework designed to meet the BACB requirements, 9 credit hours being dedicated to elective coursework, and 9 hours being dedicated to practicum.

View the current catalogue for more details about the program and the courses offered.

Courses will be offered in three of the four 11-week terms scheduled by the Western New England University Graduate Program (fall, winter, and spring terms). Students will be expected to enroll in 4 credit hours in each term to stay on pace to complete the Master’s Program in three years.  Accelerated program completion will not be offered.

Program and Faculty Advisors

For More Information

To learn more about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office (study@wne.edu or 413-782-1517). To learn more about the program, contact Rachel Thompson (rthompson@wne.edu or 413-782-1485).


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Read about our Behavior Analysis programs in The Communicator magazine.