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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 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.

Application

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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