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  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online Program

    MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

    Given that the number of Americans on the autism spectrum has increased tenfold over the last 40 years, there is a rapidly increasing demand for professionals trained in the science of human behavior and its impact on learning much-needed life skills. Drexel's online Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis empowers you to help others succeed, while forging new career trails of your own, using well-established, evidence-based ABA principles, practices, and tools.

    What is a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

    Designed to integrate scientific theory with proven behavioral strategies, the Master’s in ABA prepares you to promote positive change across a variety of settings. You will use behavioral assessment and intervention strategies to analyze and affect change on a variety of social and adaptive behaviors. Such skills will prepare you to care for and educate the growing autism community of children and adults. Upon completing the coursework and other eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA) exam.

    This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals passionate about providing quality evidence-based services to make a difference in the lives of individuals and their families.

    Online Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis Features and Benefits

    • Flexible online course schedules for full-time and part-time students
    • Faculty advisor assigned to each student to provide career guidance and support
    • Live meetings with course instructors weekly
    • Access to the research and clinical expertise of Drexel’s ABA program faculty, who are published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and other top-tier behavioral journals

    Master’s in ABA Coursework

    You will complete core coursework as well as advanced coursework in ABA and a two-course capstone sequence.

    ABAI Verified Online MS in ABA

    Verified Course Sequence Behavior Analysts Certification Board badge

    The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified Drexel’s Applied Behavior Analysis programs as meeting 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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    What Can You Do with a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis?

    The MS in ABA prepares you for a number of opportunities in research, education, and behavioral health. Graduates from Drexel’s program have gone on to successful careers as behavior analysts, behavioral consultants and interventionists, program coordinators, and clinical directors in public and private institutions, among other careers.

    See how online student Callie DeMaria used her Applied Behavior Analysis degree to find her dream job. 

    Callie DeMaria – Drexel Grad Uses ABA Degree to Better Lives

    Callie DeMaria – Drexel Grad Uses ABA Degree to Better Lives

    “This program has given me the greatest education and skills to utilize as a current board certified behavior analyst. Once you are accepted into this program, I strongly suggest utilizing your professors and the resources they provide you because they made my experience at Drexel better than I could have imagined.” Read more.

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    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Verified Course Sequence Behavior Analysts Certification Board badge

    The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified Drexel’s Applied Behavior Analysis programs as meeting 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.

    Applied Behavior Analysis Core Courses  
    ABA 630 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change 4.5
    ABA 631 Measurement and Experimental Design 4.5
    ABA 632 Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis 4.5
    ABA 633 Behavioral Interventions 4.5
    ABA 634 Consultation, Systems Change, and Supervision 4.5
    ABA 635 Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct 4.5
    ABA 636 Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
    Concentration Courses (select one concentration) 9.0
    Autism Spectrum Disorders - Select three of the following courses:  
    EDEX 555
    Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder  
    EDEX 556
    Characteristics & Methods: Autism  
    EDEX 558
    Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism  
    EDEX 560
    Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders  
    EDEX 562
    Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders  
    Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness - Select three of the following courses:  
    EDEX 580
    Social Emotional Wellness and Evidence-Based Preventative School Practices  
    EDEX 581
    Understanding Social Emotional Disorders  
    EDEX 582
    Evidence-Based School Interventions and Trauma Informed Education/Care  
    EDEX 583
    Collaboration and Community Based Practices to Promote Social Emotional Wellness  
    Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis  
    ABA 640
    An Analysis of Verbal Behavior  
    ABA 641
    Therapeutic Approaches Using Principles of Behavior Analysis  
    ABA 642
    Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis  
    Capstone Courses 6.0
    ABA 780 Capstone in ABA I  
    ABA 781 Capstone in ABA II  
    Total Credits 46.5

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal essay addressing the following:
      • Why you’re interested in this field
      • Why you’re interested in attending the program at Drexel University
      • Your career goals and how Drexel’s program will help you achieve them
      • How this program relates to your previous education and/or work experience
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1111 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1481 per credit)

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Contact Faculty

    The following faculty members are available to speak to you about the program by phone or email. For a full listing of faculty, please visit Drexel's School of Education.

    Christina Vorndran - Director of the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and Associate Clinical Professor

    Christina Vorndran, PhD, BCBA-D
    Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Programs
    Clinical Professor
    cvorndran@drexel.edu
    215.571.4560

    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year

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    Summer 2024

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