Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Arts

Online graduate degree program offered by the UNT College of Health and Public Service


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Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas is a professional practice degree program designed to be completed in one year, completely online, and courses are conveniently offered every semester. It provides the knowledge base for effective and compassionate practice in behavior analysis and meets the coursework specifications for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. This degree is designed to be completed in one year by full-time students; however, part-time pacing is also available.Our curriculum focuses on these areas:

  • Foundational and conceptual knowledge about the science of behavior analysis, behavioral principles, and the behavior change procedures derived from these principles leading to an ability to flexibly and compassionately apply this knowledge to teach meaningful skills
  • A comprehensive understanding of meaningful assessment of environmental context, skills, and problems
  • Rationales for observable and socially-valid interventions that are based on experimental proofs of effectiveness and single-subject research
  • Culturally-responsive decision making and ethical behavior in the context of a rapidly-diversifying practice context
  • Behavioral practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Evidence-based staff training within behavioral practice

A career in Applied Behavior Analysis provides opportunities in a variety of fields, including working with:

  • Children with autism
  • Employees in large corporations or governmental organizations
  • Patients in healthcare institutions
  • People with developmental or intellectual disabilities
  • Students in educational settings

Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. In particular, supervision hours must be acquired separately and are not offered by BAO.

Disclaimer Regarding Licensure Laws
Many states are passing laws that require licensure to practice Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Licensing is different from certification. It is possible that even after becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) you will not be able to practice in the state where you live without licensure. Some states even have rules regarding which coursework programs will be allowed when applying for licensure in that state. These laws and regulations are changing rapidly and vary from state to state, so please monitor your state by going to the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) and by contacting the licensing board in your state. Behavior Analysis Online is not responsible for ensuring that our Master of Arts degree or Graduate Academic Certificate in ABA meet state licensure requirements. Each student is responsible for determining the requirements to practice ABA in the state in which they wish to practice.


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