2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Sep 29, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

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The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 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 can transform problem behaviors, build positive social skills, and improve lives.

This MS program 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 Applied Behavior Analysis program 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.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Describe and apply foundational knowledge (e.g., philosophy, concepts, and principles) to the science of behavior analysis.
  • Conduct behaviorally based assessments (e.g., functional behavioral analysis/assessment, skill based behavioral assessment) and use the results to implement behaviorally-based methods with individuals to change behavior and promote positive social change.
  • Describe professional and ethical behaviors of behavior analysts and apply them in practice according to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
  • Describe and define the dimensions of applied behavior analysis.
  • Use single-subject experimental designs to conduct and evaluate behavior analytic research.
  • Describe and apply personnel supervision and management strategies.
  • Synthesize applied behavior analysis knowledge and research to apply in real-world situations, such as in educational, social, organizational, and health settings.

Degree Requirements

  • 48 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Research course (5 cr.)
  • Capstone (5 cr.)

Foundation Course (3 cr.)

  • PSYC 6002A - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology


Core Courses (35 cr.)

  • PSYC 6717A - Foundation and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 6731A - Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 6733A - Ethical, Legal, Professional Issues in Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 6734A - Introduction to Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 
  • PSYC 6735A - Research Methods for Behavioral Analysis
  • PSYC 6736A - Advanced Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • PSYC 6738A - Applications and Special Topics in ABA: Supervision and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Course (5 cr.)

  • RSCH 6110A - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

  • PSYC 6393A - Capstone

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