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Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University

Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Applications due by 8/1 for Fall semester and 12/1 for Spring semester


The 30-credit Northeastern University Master of Science in Applied program extends the student’s knowledge of applied behavior analysis beyond basic principles and procedures to more advanced concepts. While retaining a practitioner focus, the program gives students in-depth knowledge of topics such as conditioned reinforcement, motivational influences on behavior, and errorless teaching procedures. With this background, program graduates are prepared to address the most complex behavior problems and learning challenges.

Students complete six courses that prepare them to take the Board Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam. An additional four courses extends the students’ familiarity with clinical procedures and with the research supporting their use, and refines the students’ knowledge of basic behavioral principles.

In lieu of a master’s thesis, the students prepare a Professional Portfolio in which they compile evidence of the competencies they have achieved in the program. The evidence is gathered from the projects that are associated with their course work such as preference assessments, functional analyses, and intervention programs.

All courses, which are presented in an online or hybrid format, take advantage of technological advances that facilitate student learning. Though project requirements, which are the foundation of the program design, students become competent in using fundamental applied behavioral procedures. An optional structured supervision program, which is available through the Learning Partnership Program, allows students to acquire the supervision hours required to take the BACB exam.

Applicants to the program must have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, special education or a related field. The area of study requirement may be waived for applicants who have work experience with people with special needs. All applicants are expected to have 3.00 undergraduate GPA.

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