Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Developed in response to the increasing demand for teachers and practitioners trained in best practices for the education and treatment of individuals with autism and related disabilities, the Master’s Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western New England University will give working professionals the skills to fill this void. Through a combination of coursework and supervised practical experiences, students completing this program will earn a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and meet the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) requirements for taking the exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Program Structure

All students will be assigned doctoral-level, Board Certified Behavior Analysts as advisors upon admission to the program. Advisors and students will work collaboratively on the students’ professional development. Students are expected to complete 36 total credit hours with 18 credit hours dedicated to core coursework designed to meet the BACB requirements, 9 credit hours of elective coursework, and 9 hours of practicum.

Courses will be offered in three of the four 11-week terms scheduled by the Western New England University Graduate Program (fall, winter, and spring terms). Students will be expected to enroll in 4 credit hours in each term to stay on pace to complete the Master’s Program in three years.

Degree Requirements

Core courses (18 hours)

PSY 501Principles of Behavior Analysis

3 cr.

PSY 502Behavioral Assessment

3 cr.

PSY 503Behavioral Interventions

3 cr.

PSY 505Methods of Evaluation

3 cr.

PSY 506Evidence-based Teaching


PSY 509Ethics and Professional Issues

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:18

Elective courses (9 hours)

PSY 504Autism and Related Disabilities

3 cr.

PSY 507Theoretical Foundations

3 cr.

PSY 508Verbal Behavior

3 cr.

PSY 590Special Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:9

Practica (9 hours)

PSY 520520-PSY 528 Supervised Practicum in ABA

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:9

Total Credit Hours: 36


Candidates need to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average in their bachelor’s program. A combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections is required for full admission to the program.