Master of Science

Applied Behavior Analysis

When Online only programs are asynchronous.
Average Time to Complete 21 months

About the Program

MBU | Master’s | Online – Mary Baldwin University is pleased to offer online coursework in the field of ABA, leading to a Master of Science degree.  ABA examines the principles of learning and behavior and explores their effective use in applied settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health settings, and in business. Individuals with training in ABA often go into professions where they support the behavioral needs of a variety of individuals.  The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the ABA course sequence in this program as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify, such as supervised independent fieldwork.

Career Paths

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Behavioral Therapist (Supervisor)
  • Behavioral Clinician (Supervisor)
  • Individuals with this training and education also enhance existing qualifications/credentials as teachers, coaches, animal trainers, counselors, etc.

Courses & Requirements

35 credit hours

Prerequisite: bachelor’s degree in any discipline, solid GPA and references.

The program examines the principles of learning and behavior and their effective use in multiple types of applied settings, such as schools, hospitals, mental health settings, and in business. Students will learn how to apply these principles with a variety of diverse learners and clients. The curriculum prepares students to take the BCBA examination once degree and fieldwork requirements are met.  Fieldwork is not required for degree completion.

Cost & Financial Aid

Graduate: $495 per semester hour

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Support resources for Mary Baldwin University students:

Grafton Library

Vantage Point

Academic Resource Center

How to Apply

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