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Enhance your effectiveness with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis.
The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas is a professional practice degree program that is completely online and asynchronous with all courses conveniently offered every semester. It provides the knowledge base for an effective and compassionate practice in applied behavior analysis and meets the coursework requirements for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

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Why Earn an Applied Behavior Analysis Master's?

Anywhere there are people, there is the opportunity to use behavior analysis to improve their environment and help them reach their full potential.

Our curriculum focuses on the following areas:

  • Foundational and conceptual knowledge about the science of behavior analysis, behavioral principles and the procedures derived from these principles leading students to flexibly and compassionately apply this knowledge to teach meaningful skills to individuals
  • A comprehensive understanding of conducting and evaluating a meaningful assessment of environmental context, skills and areas of strengths and deficits
  • An understanding of how to read, understand and use evidence-based strategies based on single-subject research
  • Understanding culturally responsive decision-making and ethical behavior in the context of a rapidly diversifying practice
  • Behavioral practices in autism and evidence-based staff training
Marketable Skills
  • Conduct contingency analyses across population
  • Make data-based decisions
  • Train staff in ABA procedures
  • Develop/implement behavior-change procedures
  • Participate in cross-discipline service collaboration

Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Highlights

This degree can be completed in 1-2 years; part-time pacing allows maximum flexibility.
All courses are offered each semester, including the summer session, and you may begin the program any semester.
All of our faculty are well-versed in their areas of study and ready and willing to assist you throughout the program.
Courses are designed to be completed in numerical sequence as it is a cumulative hierarchal curriculum. All courses are asynchronous and completed online.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified that these courses provide you with the coursework requirements to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. You will need to meet additional requirements to be eligible to take the examination. In particular, supervision hours must be acquired separately and are not offered as part of the Applied Behavior Analysis degree.
All courses are entirely online and available to you at all times during each semester, with no required class meetings.

What Can You Do With an Applied Behavior Analysis Master's?

A career in Applied Behavior Analysis provides opportunities in a variety of fields, including working with:

  • Children with autism
  • Employees in large corporations or governmental organizations
  • Patients in healthcare institutions
  • People with developmental or intellectual disabilities
  • Students in educational settings

Top Careers & Job Titles

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Health Specialist
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Educational Consultant
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Clinical Director (BCBA)
  • Education and Behavior Specialist

Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Courses You Could Take

Culturally Responsive Ethics in Behavioral Practice (3 hrs)
Provides students with an understanding of the benefits, complexities, and characteristics of ethical conduct within the science and practice of applied behavior analysis.
ABA Issues: Effective Communication and Collaboration in Behavioral Practice (3 hrs)
Improves the written and verbal communication skills of students as applied to behavior analysis. Students learn to construct understandable and clear documents, collaborate with caregivers and professionals, and present to professional audiences. Projects include a literature review, a professional presentation and outcome reports.
Fundamentals and Techniques of Compassionate and Effective Behavior Change (3 hrs)
Provides students with a deeper understanding of the science and practice of applied behavior analysis by extending knowledge of behavioral principles and procedures to prepare for application in clinical service settings.
ABA Issues: Behavioral Practice in Autism (3 hrs)
Provides students with an overview of perspectives and commentaries related to the science and practice of applied behavior analysis when applied to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through lectures and readings, students examine the relationship between science and autism, the selection of meaningful goals and effective interventions across the lifespan, and strategies for supporting effective interventions.
Improving Staff Performance in Behavioral Practice (3 hrs)
Provides students with an understanding of the components of evidence-based staff training within the science and practice of applied behavior analysis and then to integrate and apply these components as would be necessary as a practitioner of applied behavior analysis working in a clinical service setting.
Meaningful Assessment in Behavioral Practice (3 hrs)
Teaches students the role of assessment in the practice of applied behavior analysis. Includes a comprehensive understanding of the purpose of assessment, types of assessments, methods for assessment analysis, and considerations for selecting and prioritizing socially valid goals for behavior change that are based on assessment results.

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