Master of Science
Not Accepting Applications at this time.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field that utilizes basic behavioral principles to address behavior challenges of social significance. This program emphasizes a natural science approach to the study of human behavior and will introduce you to ways of viewing everyday behavior that differs from the way behavior is typically talked about in everyday speak. You will be introduced to the basic and applied research that serves as the foundation for applied behavior analysis and effective behavioral treatments. The course sequence is designed to meet the requirements of the [Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s] (BACB) 5th Edition Task List and includes practicum courses that will require you to use skills learned in the classroom in clinical settings.
- Train effective and informed applied behavior analysts
- Provide hands-on training both inside and outside of the classroom
- Complete the Graduate Application for Admission at aurora.edu/auapply
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
- Submit transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) for all prior college and/or university credit. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AUfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit a current curriculum vita or detailed resume
- Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with professional or academic abilities
- Submit a Statement of Purpose. The personal statement should be typewritten, double-spaced narrative of two to three pages and reflect standards of graduate- level writing. It should describe the candidates motivation and aspiration for becoming a behavior analyst. The following questions may be used as a guide:
- How did become interested in Applied Behavior Analysis?
- What are your current interests in Applied Behavior Analysis?
- What are your future goals in relation to Applied Behavior Analysis?
*Admission interviews are generally not required. However, the ABA committee may request an interview for additional candidate information.
Transfer of Graduate Credit
- A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate course work from a regionally accredited institution may be applied towards the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Transfer credits will be approved at the discretion of the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Department.
- The student must have earned an A or B in the course.
- No practicum or student-directed research courses (e.g., thesis, dissertation, capstone) will be accepted for transfer credit.
|Courses designed to meet BACB requirements:|
|ABA-5100||Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis||3|
|ABA-5300||Clinical and Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|ABA-6100||Theory and Philosophy for ABA Practitioners||3|
|ABA-6300||Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|ABA-6400||Professional and Ethical Issues||3|
|ABA-6450||Personnel Supervision and Management||3|
|ABA-6900||Intensive Practicum (Repeat course for total of 9 SH.)||9|
|Additional Required Courses|
|ABA-5200||Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
Graduate Degree Requirements
- Completion of all coursework specified by the graduate program.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or higher if specified by the graduate program.
- Submission of all pre-graduation materials required by the graduate program.
- Acceptance of thesis or other required final project by the graduate program.
- Submission of two copies of approved thesis or project in a specified form together with payment of binding fee where applicable.
- Submission of Application for Graduation and payment of any graduation fees assessed by the university.
- In the case of certification programs, submission of all governmental forms.
- Residency Requirement: A minimum of 25% percent of the total credits required for the completion of the graduate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate or credential must be earned at Aurora University. Individual programs may establish more extensive residency requirements, including requirements that specific coursework be completed at Aurora University.
- Students will be able to define and recognize basic principles of operant and respondent behavior.
- Students will be able to design and implement valid and reliable data collection systems.
- Students will be able to design and conduct behavioral assessments.
- Students will be able to design and conduct behavioral interventions.
- Students will be able to critically evaluate relevant professional literature.
- Students will demonstrate basic knowledge related to effective application of behavioral procedures.