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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved this course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

The courses meet BACB–required 270 classroom hours of graduate–level instruction aligned with the Fourth Edition Task List.

 If you’d like to be out on the frontier of a field facing a national shortage, where school children and adults struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities, and where the rewards are both personal and financial, it’s time to explore Ball State’s master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA). 

Whether as a teacher, psychologist, ABA therapist, or other human service professional, you’ll find opportunities in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral centers, and residential facilities where you’ll help clients improve language, motor, social, and reasoning skills. Doors to corporations and industrial settings are now opening where applied behavior analysts teach job skills and promote work performance.

Why a Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an Emphasis in Autism

  • Our 30-credit program is offered completely online. Students can elect to complete the degree in less than two years.
  • Our ABA degree is housed within Ball State’s Teachers College, which holds numerous national rankings and recognitions.
  • Ball State is accredited by the National Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCATE), the Higher Learning Commission, and Indiana Teacher Training and Licensing Commission.
  • Our program works for those from a variety of educational backgrounds, including psychology, criminal justice, social work, education and other areas.  
  • We were the first in the state of Indiana to offer the master’s in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism. 

Course Requirements

Our program allows you to create a plan of study that fits your life. The 30-credit program can be completed in less than two years, plus course offerings are designed to be flexible.

You can choose to take one or two courses each semester. Your academic advisor will help you create a plan of study that best fits your needs. View the sample plan of study tab below to get an idea of how your program could look.

Courses required for completion of the degree are:

  • SPCE 609 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 610 Behavioral Consultation (3 credits)
  • SPCE 611 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 619 Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 630 Research Methods for Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • SPCE 680 Introduction to Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPCE 682 Interventions and Treatments for Persons with Autism (3 credits)
  • SPCE 683 Field-Based Experience in Autism (3 credits)
    or SPCE 638 Field-Based Experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • SPCE 689 Verbal Behavior (3 credits)
  • SPCE 691 Supervising Human Service Staff in ABA (3 credits)

You can start the sequence of courses any semester.

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.

Application Deadlines 

The ABA master's degree program has three application deadlines:

  • Summer semester: April 15
  • Fall semester: July 10
  • Spring semester: November 15

Summer semester courses are available. All autism and ABA courses are offered every semester, offering you tremendous flexibility in scheduling courses around your busy life.

Transfer Credits

You may transfer up to 9 graduate credits to the ABA master’s degree. Since this program requires a specific set of courses, transfer credits will only be accepted from other programs that have approved courses from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Contact ABA advisor Bonnie Krupa if you have questions about course equivalency.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

International Applicants

If the degree is offered only in an online format, U.S. policies will not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country. 

International Students Studying Online Only

If you’re an international student, in addition to meeting the requirements above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

International Students Studying on Campus 

You can only study on campus if the degree has either an on-campus or blended option. Online only degrees cannot be taken on campus. If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. 

Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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