2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) 
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2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Behavior Analysis - MS in Psychology

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The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specialization can prepare students to help people with autism and developmental disabilities engage more successfully with the world. ABA is an evidence-based therapy used with both adults and children, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Students have the opportunity to study how the principles of human behavior to can transform problem behaviors, build positive social skills, and improve lives.

This specialization offers a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), which meets the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.* Graduates of this program who wish to pursue certification must also complete a period of supervised practical experience as defined by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®. Walden does not offer the fieldwork component required for the BCBA exam.


*The MS in Psychology program’s Applied Behavior Analysis specialization has been designed to offer acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis (Verified Course Sequence as approved by ABAI and accepted by Behavior Analyst Certification Board) and prepare students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam, which is administered by the BACB. Walden University does not offer the fieldwork experience required for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information on applying for certification from BACB®, visit www.bacb.com/bcba.

Note: This specialization is for Track I students only.

Degree Requirements

  • 63 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Capstone (5 cr.)