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MA in Applied Behavior Analysis

School of Education

The 32 unit Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis includes the necessary coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

The program courses are verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

The program will prepare you to assist people to learn new behaviors, increase or reduce existing behaviors and teach individuals when to use new behaviors. The scope of these services ranges from addressing challenging behaviors of an individual to changing the behavior of an entire organization.

Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Evening classes
  • Coursework verified by the Association for Behavior Analysts International

Catalog

Program Director: Eileen Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Overview

The 32 unit Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis includes the necessary coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The program courses are a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The program will prepare you to assist people to learn new behaviors, increase or reduce existing behaviors and teach individuals when to use new behaviors. The scope of these services ranges from addressing challenging behaviors of an individual to changing the behavior of an entire organization. There is an increasing demand for BCBA certificate holders in the schools and the private sector working with adults and children in areas such as: behavioral treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, brain injury rehabilitation, behavioral sports psychology, and behavioral pediatrics. Successful completion of this Master of Arts degree and the required supervised hours prepares you to sit for the BCBA examination.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Philosophical Underpinnings: Candidates will apply the philosophical underpinnings of applied behavior analysis in the effective use of research, data and scientific reasoning. 
  2. Concepts and Principles: Candidates define and provide examples of the concepts and principles of behavior analysis. 

  3. Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation: Candidates will use the tools effectively as they use measurement, data display and interpretation.

  4. Experimental Design: Candidates engages in experimental design processes such as external and internal validity, dependent and independent variables, features of single subject experimental design, etc. They will demonstrate skills using a single subject research design.

  5. Ethics: Candidates will apply the ethical standards of the behavior analytic discipline to decisions about their practice and articulate the basis of that reasoning to clients, staff, community and the BACB. Candidates will behave in accordance with the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.  

  6. Behavior Assessment: Candidates will apply knowledgeable skills in behavior assessment in their work. They will effectively conduct functional behavior assessments, preference assessments,  skill strength and deficient assessments, and descriptive assessments. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the prioritization of socially significant behavior change goals as they determine the needs for behavior analytic services.

  7. Behavior Change-Procedures: Candidates will effectively use proven intervention strategies and behavior change procedures They will use a wide range of behavior change strategies and techniques. 

  8. Selecting and Implementing Interventions: Candidates will select and implement behavior interventions with integrity and skills using data to make decisions about services. They will collaborate with others who support those services. 
  9. Personnel Supervision and Management: Candidates will demonstrate leadership in the field of behavior analysis, guiding practitioners in supervision and management in their daily applied work. They will effectively evaluate, train, monitor, provide feedback, and reinforcement to support improvement of personnel performance. 

Locations Offered

Synchronous Online

Program Length/Semester Starts

Cohorts begin in Fall, Spring, and Summer

Required Courses (32 units)


 

Association for Behavior Analysis International

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.

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First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | sfs@fresno.edu.

State Authorization

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Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $705
Teacher Education $705
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $720
KIN $570
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $690
Teacher Education $690
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $710
KIN $560

* Fall 2020 & later cohorts

Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

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Career Opportunities

There is an increasing demand for BCBA certificate holders in the schools and the private sector working with adults and children in areas such as: behavioral treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, brain injury rehabilitation, behavioral sports psychology, and behavioral pediatrics. Successful completion of this Master of Arts degree and the required supervised hours prepares you to sit for the BCBA examination.

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