Online Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

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The Regis College online ABA curriculum has been designed for health science professionals with a focus on applied coursework, practical experience, and post-graduation certification. Fashioned after our highly successful on-campus ABA program, it has been designed to teach students the techniques and treatment approaches needed to analyze and improve behavior barriers. ABA treatment and intervention plans will ultimately help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.

As a behavior analyst, you have a variety of career options. Behavior analysts may work as independent clinicians providing behavioral services, as a part of an interdisciplinary clinical team, researchers, or supervising others, such as BCaBAs® or RBTs® implementing behavior interventions. Common work settings include residential and outpatient treatment facilities, schools, child care centers, and hospitals.

Our online applied behavior analysis programs are designed to be interactive, flexible, and thorough, covering topics such as concepts and principles of ABA, treatment evaluations, behavior assessments, and more. We combine research and hands-on experience to educate students starting out or seeking advancement in the field.

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Min. Length: 20 months
Total Credits: 39

Application Deadlines:
Spring: 11/22/2021

Upcoming Start Dates:
Spring: 01/04/2021

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Meets requirements to sit for
the BCBA® exam

Apply with no GRE

Graduate in as few as
20 months

Certificate option time to complete is 12 months

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.)

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

ABA Program Options

The master’s program is for students from a wide variety of backgrounds with a bachelor’s degree from any accredited institution.

In addition to our master’s program, we offer a certificate option to help you achieve your professional aspirations.

Online Master of Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis includes 39 credit hours that can be completed in as few as 20 months. Students must meet additional requirements to become eligible for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.

Online Post-Master’s Certificate

For professionals who have already earned their master’s in ABA, psychology, or education.Certificate students are also eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. This certificate requires completion of seven courses.2 Students may elect to take two practicum courses in conjunction with 1,500 – 2,000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork.

1Applicants with any master’s degree that falls outside a master’s in ABA, psychology, or education, (even minor deviations like MS in Counseling Psychology or MA in Educational Leadership) must provide written confirmation from the BACB that their degree will be considered acceptable. Applicants will need to complete a field of study evaluation by the BACB prior to applying to or matriculating in the certificate program.

2ABA 640 Concepts and Principles I Intro to ABA, ABA 642 Concepts and Principles II Experimental ABA, ABA 644 Treatment Evaluation, ABA 652 Behavior Assessment, ABA 654 Behavior Intervention, ABA 656 Ethical Practice in ABA, and ABA 662 ABA Training and Supervision. These are the only courses required for BACB certification seeking applicants.

Curriculum

The Regis College online ABA curriculum has been designed for health science professionals with a focus on applied coursework, practical experience, and post-graduation certification.

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Careers

Behavior analysts are employed by residential and outpatient treatment facilities, schools, child care centers, and hospitals. They help parents, teachers, and school administrators analyze behavior, develop behavior plans, and train parents and staff.

Careers

Behavior Analysts Are in Demand

Demand for BCBA/BCBA-D certified professionals has increased approximately 1,942% from 2010 to 2018, with increases seen in nearly every state.* Most recently, the federal government signed the Autism Care Act in 2019**, which includes $1.8 billion in funding. The influx of new attention and funding will likely increase research efforts and support through ABA treatment and services.

*BACB

**OpenMinds.com

Regis Autism Center

The Regis College campus is home to the Autism Center that works in collaboration with the Regis Children’s Center. The Regis Autism Center provides applied behavior analysis services for young children focused on integration with their peers in the Children’s Center. All behavior therapists working at the Autism Center are current graduate students in both the online and on-campus Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

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Program Objectives

  1. Explain the causes of behavior from assessment of behavior to intervention in both scientific and layman’s terms.
  2. Create effective measurement procedures for culturally sensitive behavioral targets.
  3. Conduct a variety of indirect assessments, skills assessments, and functional behavioral assessments and interpret the results.
  4. Design effective, empirically validated programs based on assessment results.
  5. Interpret visual displays of data across a variety of single-subject designs.
  6. Train caregivers, including staff and parents, to implement culturally sensitive empirically validated interventions.
  7. Supervise behavior analytic interventions.
  8. Demonstrate ethical and culturally competent treatment of all individuals.
  9. Provide comprehensive care using multidisciplinary collaboration.

Program Mission

In alignment with the mission of Regis College, we strive to uphold an inclusive and diverse Regis ABA community where every student and alumnus feels supported and connected. The ABA programs provide students with an historical and current scientific framework for interpreting and applying the science as future professionals in the field of behavior analysis, with the goal of delivering expert, socially significant service.

Department Mission

Regis College’s School of Health Sciences is proud to offer our programs in applied behavior analysis, including the Master of Science in ABA and Certificate in ABA, our comprehensive, high-quality educational ABA programs housed within the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. Through a combination of coursework and supervised fieldwork experience, the ABA programs equip students with the knowledge and experience needed to become competent, professional clinicians who are proficient in the research and practice of ABA. The rigorous curriculum prepares students for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®, and combines students’ personal and professional goals, personalized mentorship, and advanced professional training.

Programs applying for master’s-level accreditation or re-accreditation must publicly display the following information.

Annual reporting period: 2020
Number of students whose degrees were conferred by the program: MS in ABA: 6
Certificate in ABA: 1
Median years until graduation for students whose degrees were conferred by the program: MS in ABA: 2 years
Certificate in ABA: 1 year
Number of students enrolled in the program:  57
Number of students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of degree: 5
Number of completed applications received:  69
Number of students admitted: 63
Number of first-time candidates sitting for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination: 2020:  Unknown
Percentage of first time candidates passing the BCBA certification examination: Unknown
Number of graduates obtaining a master’s-level state license as a behavior analyst: N/A
Median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants admitted (reported on a four-point scale): 3.10
Median standardized test scores:  N/A

Ways to Save on Your Tuition

Employee Discounts

Regis partner employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts

Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

Alumni Discounts

Regis alumni who have received a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Financial Aid

We are here to support you through the process. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

Admission Requirements

Master’s

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA 2.75 (3.0 GPA preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation (minimum)
  • Current resume that includes educational, work, and volunteer history
  • Personal statement
  • Program director reserves the right to request an interview

Post-Master’s Certificate

  • Master’s degree in ABA, Psychology, or Education
  • Minimum GPA 2.75 (3.0 GPA preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts from master’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Program director reserves the right to request an interview
  • If the applicant has a different master’s degree than specified, they must provide written confirmation from the BACB that their degree will be considered acceptable
  • Must complete a field of study evaluation by the BACB prior to applying

ABA Podcast: Leading Perspectives from Regis Faculty

If you are interested in learning more about ABA, check out the ABA Inside Track podcast (also available on most streaming platforms). It is co-hosted by the Regis on-campus Applied Behavior Analysis program director and assistant professor, Jacquelyn MacDonald and Regis faculty member, Dr. Diana Parry-Cruwys. The podcast provides lively conversations between three board-certified behavior analysts® on emerging topics in the industry and the research advancing the field.