Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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When people receive the guidance, assistance, and expertise they need from behavior professionals, their lives change for the better. The master’s in applied behavior analysis online program from Regis College will teach you the techniques and treatment approaches you’ll need to meaningfully analyze and help people improve their behavior.

Our dynamic and flexible online program can empower your career success, whether you want to work in a clinical, research, or supervisory role, for example, implementing research interventions as a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) or registered behavior technician (RBT).

Our field-experienced faculty will help equip you with the applicable knowledge you’ll need to improve behavioral outcomes for individuals in your community — giving you the opportunity to make a significant impact in your career.

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Min. Length: 20 months
Total Credits: 39

Application Deadlines:
Summer: 4/4/2024

Upcoming Start Dates:
Spring: 1/2/2024
Summer: 4/29/2024

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the BCBA® exam

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Graduate in as few as
20 months

Certificate option time to complete is 12 months

New England Commission of Higher Education

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified that the program curriculum meets the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam or the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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Benefits of Pursuing a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

At Regis College, we designed our online applied behavior analysis (ABA) program to be closely aligned with our highly successful on-campus program because we believe that everyone, regardless of where they live, deserves access to top-quality applied behavior analysis instruction. Our flexible online format allows you to complete coursework on your schedule without sacrificing the attentive instruction and interactive learning opportunities that on-campus students experience.

You’ll cover topics that include concepts and principles of ABA, treatment evaluations, and behavior assessments. We combine research and hands-on experience to educate students starting out and those seeking advancement in the field.

Applied Behavior Analysis Program Options

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

Post-Master’s Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

This certificate is for professionals who have already earned their graduate degree. It requires the completion of seven courses. ¹Students may elect to take two practicum courses in conjunction with 1,500 to 2,000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork. Certificate students are eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam.

1ABA 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.

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.

What Can I Do with a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis?

As a master’s-prepared behavior analyst, you’ll have a variety of rewarding career options available to you. You can work as an independent clinician providing behavioral services, as part of an interdisciplinary clinical team, or as a supervisor, including as a BCBA or RBT who implements behavior interventions.

ABA Master’s Online Career Paths

Behavior analysts are employed by residential and outpatient treatment facilities, schools, childcare centers, and hospitals. They help parents, teachers, and school administrators analyze behavior, develop behavior plans, and train parents and staff. Numerous career opportunities are available for behavior analysts, including:

  • ABA training coordinator
  • University/college professor
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Clinical director

What Is the Typical Master’s in ABA Salary?

According to Payscale, the median annual salary for individuals who hold a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis is about $68,000. However, experience in the field and additional certifications can increase an individual’s salary potential.

Master’s in ABA Job Outlook

According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board*, from 2010 to 2021, demand for behavior analysts holding a BCBA or BCBA-D (for those with a doctoral degree) certification increased by 5,852%. Year-over-year nationwide demand for certified individuals increased each year since 2010, with a 38% increase from 2020 to 2021 alone.

As of 2022, demand for these professionals is expected to continue to increase. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 20% growth in the field over the next eight years.

*BACB

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 a 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 (ABA), 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 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: 2022 (2022-01-01 – 2022-12-31)
Number of students whose degrees were conferred by the program: MS in ABA: 28
Certificate in ABA: 5
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:  115 (Certificate: 14, MS: 101)
Number of students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of degree: 17 (Certificate: 4, MS: 13) – including Hiatus of leave of absence, dismissal, withdrawal, withdrawal-administrative
Number of completed applications received: 
Number of students admitted:
Number of first-time candidates sitting for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination: 2022:  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: Unknown
Median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants admitted (reported on a four-point scale):
Median standardized test scores:  N/A

Why Choose Regis for Your ABA Degree?

The Regis College Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (MSABA) program uses active responding role-play, peer presentations, and comprehensive practicums to deepen your learning experience in the field of applied behavior analysis and help you better address the unique needs of children and adults with behavioral issues.

Recognized across the country, Regis College’s two-year ABA program provides a dynamic and interactive learning environment, exceptional faculty, and guaranteed field experience — all leading to personal and professional satisfaction.

You can place your focus on one course at a time, thanks to our intensive eight-week hybrid format. Small interactive classes set our program apart from those at other institutions and provide you with a lifelong professional network.

Regis Autism Center

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

Meet Our Faculty

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.

Admission Requirements

Master’s

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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
  • Currently, the BACB® requires transcript evaluations from Foundation for International Services (FIS) for international credentials. If you plan to apply for BACB® certification in the future, please use the BACB® preferred vendor for your degree equivalency evaluation. To confirm FIS is the current vendor, please check the most current version of the BCBA® handbook located at: https://www.bacb.com/bcba/. Please note, all final decisions regarding exam eligibility ultimately belong to the BACB®.

Post-Master’s Certificate

  • Graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate)
  • Minimum GPA 2.75 (3.0 GPA preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts from graduate degree
  • Personal statement
  • Program director reserves the right to request an interview

Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis Online Program 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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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the typical salary for Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis graduates?

According to Payscale, the median annual salary for master’s in applied behavior analysis graduates is approximately $68,000.

What can you do with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis degree?

You can work as an independent clinician providing behavioral services, as part of an interdisciplinary clinical team, or as a supervisor, including as a BCBA or RBT who implements behavior interventions.

How long is the online ABA degree program?

Working at a traditional part-time pace, you can complete our program in just two years.

What are the ABA degree program options?

We offer both a master’s degree and a post-master’s certificate, so that you can continue to grow as an ABA professional and upgrade your earning potential.