Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.

Master the science and application of Applied Behavior Analysis

The mission of USJ’s M.S. in ABA program is to:

  • Prepare students to be highly skilled and compassionate behavior analysts who are proficient in the basic principles of behavior.
  • Prepare students to be leaders, collaborators, and independent problem solvers.
  • Understand and value the importance of evidence-based practice.

We accomplish our mission through rigorous and inspiring graduate coursework, opportunities for supervision experiences on campus, and scaffolded training in research methods concluding with innovative capstone projects. 

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APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, M.S.

Program Outcomes

These competencies are mastered:

  • Use specialized assessment tools designed to determine student eligibility for special education and related services as part of the multi-disciplinary team process
  • Meet the eligibility requirements to sit for certification in behavior analysis through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • Describe the history, philosophy, and terminology of behaviorism and Applied Behavior Analysis and understanding of basic behavioral principles and their application
  • Collect and analyze data, using within-subject experimental designs, and link assessment to treatment
  • Use behavioral technology to conduct an assessment of behavioral function and instructional programs to make data-based, timely decisions on the effectiveness of behavioral procedures and the need for modification to intervention
  • Participate as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, exercising ethical responsibility to clients, and the limitations of their expertise, and the protection of the dignity of those they serve
  • Implement behavioral strategies in organizations by way of consultation and staff training, and discuss development from a behavioral perspective including verbal behavior and the development of play
  • Develop assessment strategies to empirically validate assessment results and subsequent interventions

Advantages

USJ’s M.S. in ABA program offers students built-in BACB® supervision, applied research experiences, and tuition waivers primarily through the Gengras Center School on campus.

  • Tuition waivers are available to students working at the Gengras Center. Students who obtain optional employment as Teacher’s Aides at the Gengras Center receive a six credit per semester tuition waiver.
  • BACB® Supervision is built into the program for students who choose to work at the Gengras Center. These students enroll in our Practicum course to earn experience hours. During this time, they will work collaboratively with full-time Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®) at the Gengras Center. Students can instead choose to receive supervision at their current behavior analytic employer. Our supervision coordinator will help you determine which path is best for you. Please see the BACB Experience Standards for additional information regarding supervision requirements.
  • We offer a broad range of applied research experiences based on your interests. Check out our most recent issue of the Blue Jay Bulletin to learn more about the work being done by our students and faculty.

Our distinct advantage is that we offer an on-campus practicum to interested students, and we are ecstatic to announce that our first practicum cohort, who graduated in the Spring of 2020, had a 100% pass rate on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) exam. See below for more information about our practicum.

Another distinct advantage is that we provide an on-campus and cohort-based educational model, led by four, full-time Board Certified Behavior Analysts – Doctoral® (BCBA-D®s). You will learn with a consistent group of faculty and peers throughout the entirety of your coursework.

  • Tuition waivers are available to students working at the Gengras Center. Students who obtain optional employment as Teacher’s Aides at the Gengras Center receive a six credit per semester tuition waiver.
  • BACB® Supervision is built into the program for students who choose to work at the Gengras Center. These students enroll in our Practicum course to earn experience hours. During this time, they will work collaboratively with full time Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®) at the Gengras Center. Students can instead choose to receive supervision at their current behavior analytic employer. Our supervision coordinator will help you determine which path is best for you. Please see the BACB Experience Standards for additional information regarding supervision requirements.
  • We offer a broad range of applied research experiences based on your interests. Check out our most recent issue of the Blue Jay Bulletin to learn more about the work being done by our students and faculty.

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    Contact:
    Laura Turner, Ph.D., BCBC-D
    Director, Professor of Applied Behavioral Studies
    Phone: 860.231.5213
    Email: [email protected]

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