ABA with an Emphasis in Autism 

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Attend a live webinar to learn more about the graduate applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and special education programs. You will receive an application fee waiver after the event, just for registering. All webinars begin at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Employment growth projections for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are expected to increase – over 18 percent, nationwide – within the next 10 years (Source: Emsi Burning Glass – economicmodeling.com). If you’re looking to advance in or transition your career to the applied behavior analysis field, Ball State University’s 100 percent online master’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in autism can help you.

While it’s true that Ball State has the largest ABA program in the nation, you will still receive individual attention from our renowned faculty who are dedicated to your success. The quality and rigor of the ABA courses you will take speak for themselves, as Ball State’s BCBA first-time exam pass rate is among the highest in the nation for high-enrolled programs. Ball State offers multiple pathways to prepare you for this credential, at a lower cost than other highly enrolled master’s in ABA programs.

Why a Master's in ABA with an Emphasis in Autism?

Admissions Information

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  • Our 30-credit program is offered completely online. You 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.
  • ABA course sequence is verified by ABAI for meeting the course work requirements to take the BCBA exam.
  • Ball State is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Higher Learning Commission, and Indiana Teacher Training and Licensing Commission.
  • Our degree’s emphasis on autism gives you an advantage in the job market. You’ll take up to three additional courses on autism, which goes above and beyond the Verified Course Sequence (VCS) by ABAI.
  • Small class sizes of 20 students or less allow for individual attention from faculty.

 Career Outcomes

Your master’s in ABA will translate to several employment sectors including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral centers, and residential facilities where you’ll help clients improve language, motor, social, and reasoning skills. The skills you learn at Ball State can be immediately applied to your career.

Doors to corporations and industrial settings are now opening where applied behavior analysts teach job skills and promote work performance. The national average salary in the ABA field is $64,000. Below are a few examples of job titles that result from a master’s in ABA.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Counselor
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • School Psychologist

 Academic Advisor

The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success. You’ll work with the same specialist from application to graduation.

Contact your student success specialist, who can answer questions you have about our program.

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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. For more information on required courses, see the course catalog.

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This course sequence is verified for students who will apply for the BCBA exam under the 5th edition task list. If you have questions or concerns, please contact email online@bsu.edu, call 765-285-1581, or toll-free at 1-800-872-0369.

Convenient, Flexible, and Applicable

The 100 percent online master’s in ABA is designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them at a pace that fits into your daily routine without worrying about being late to class.

If you’re worried about timing or course work, most students take one or two courses at a time. You can also start your master’s degree by earning either a graduate certificate in ABA or autism, and then earning the second later. Once you have both certificates, you only need one additional course to earn your masters’ in ABA with an emphasis in autism.

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.

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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