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.
Why Choose Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis?
One of the strengths of the program is our partnership with the prestigious New England Center for Children to offer this program to faculty and staff on their campus. The Center, located in Southborough, MA, is home to a school for over 500 children with autism and includes a faculty of over 1100 educators. The Center provides state-of-the-art education for children with autism, autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and Asperger’s Syndrome. View our current tuition rates.
What Will You Study?
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.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
Meets BACB Certification Requirements–There is a growing demand for Board Certified Behavior Analysts across the country and internationally. Our program provides the coursework and experience to meet the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB) requirements for taking the exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and Western New England has an excellent examination pass rate.
Doctorate-level Faculty Mentor–Our faculty consists of leading experts in behavior analysis and autism treatment. Each student is admitted to work with a doctoral-level faculty member who serves as a mentor throughout the program.
Hands-on Experience at NECC–Through our partnership with the prestigious New England Center for Children (NECC ®), our students receive hands-on experience in applying the learning principles and teaching strategies from their coursework.
Tuition Support for NECC Employees–The New England Center for Children offers generous tuition support for employees who enroll in the program. For maximum convenience, courses and practicum experiences are offered onsite at NECC.
Faculty-directed Thesis Research–Master’s candidates complete a research thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor with extensive research experience.
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.
How are 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.
Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned an advisor who functions as a mentor and agrees to oversee the professional development of the student. Advisors are doctoral-level full time faculty or clinical adjunct faculty who are active researchers and leading experts in the field.