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Master's of Science (MS) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

What is a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis?

A Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed for those who are driven to make an impact in the lives of individuals with behavioral issues. A master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis or a related field is required to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). 

Why Pursue an MS in Applied Behavior Analysis through Drexel University’s School of Education?

Drexel’s Master of Science (MS) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) equips students with the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career in the ABA field. Students can take the required courses within our program that are needed before they can take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam. The program taught by Drexel University's School of Education is offered an online format to offer optimal flexibility to busy students. 

Drexel University is proud to offer an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified course sequence for our Applied Behavior Analysis program. ABAI verification ensures that our program’s curriculum meets national standards for quality and incorporates the latest research in the field.

Additional benefits include:

  • Access to renowned faculty and staff
  • Individualized advisement and support
  • Field placement assistance
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and research equipment


The Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis curriculum is built on Drexel University’s signature emphasis on collaboration and experience. Our curriculum engages students with traditional coursework, comprehensive research, and hands-on experience facilitated by Drexel University faculty who work within the education fields. Students will be exposed to systemic, data-driven approaches to support individuals with behavioral disorders.

Students will have the option to focus on one of two concentrations throughout the program:

Through our ABAI-verified courses, students are required to complete the following course load to earn a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis:

  • 31.5 core credits (7 courses)
  • 9 credits in concentration courses (3 courses)
  • 6 credits in capstone courses (2 courses)

Drexel University utilizes the quarter system with students completing four, 10-week terms throughout the course of a year. This allows students to complete more courses in a shorter period of time.

Capstone Courses

Students have the option to choose one of the following capstone tracks where they can apply their knowledge gained from their coursework.

Thesis (Part I and II)- In this 2-course track, students learn the process of designing and conducting research and understand the differences between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods paradigms in educational research. Students choose a topic for their project and conduct research, data collection, and analysis that is presented in a final thesis. The thesis can be used beyond the course as examples of work and experience on a resume to potential employers.

Practitioner Course (Part I and II)- This track provides a framework for advancing skills and knowledge as a practitioner researcher. Using continuous inquiry, students will explore the role of practitioners as agents of change. Examples of the implementation of various research methods and models for the effective use of data will be explored. This track culminates in a professional product including a review and analysis of literature.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

The School of Education's dynamic Field Placement Office assists students in finding in-person field experiences at regional mental and behavioral health care centers. Locations include:

  • Regional mental and behavioral health care providers
  • Local EI programs
  • Educational agencies
  • Residential and community behavioral health providers

The Master’s in Applied Behavioral Analysis program also builds a strong foundation for students who wish to enter PhD programs in applied behavior analysis, school and clinical psychology, or experimental psychology.

Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

What Can I Do With A Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis?

Experts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have a multitude of career options within the education space. Graduate students who are interested in taking a data-driven approach to understanding human behavior learn valuable skills and ways of thinking in Drexel University’s Master's of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares students for rewarding careers in a variety of industries, including:

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Behavior Analyst Consultant
  • Certified Autism Specialist
  • Clinical Director
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Wellness Coach

Learn more about potential careers with a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Graduates of the ABA Master’s program at Drexel University have become successful educators, behavioral consultants, behavioral analysts, program coordinators, senior clinical directors and interventionists in public and private institutions.

Are Behavior Analysts in Demand?

The need for certified Behavioral Analysts continues to rise. According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, demand for behavior analysts that have BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 5,852% since 2010. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects overall employment for positions related to behavior analysts to grow by 10% from now until 2031. Job postings for positions that either require or prefer BCBA or BCBA-D certification rose each year since 2010. In Pennsylvania, the number of job openings for board certified behavior analysts increased 62% from 2020-2021.


The Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program accepts applications for admission throughout the year to so students can start the program at a time that is convenient for them. The online program admits for the fall (September start) and spring (March start) terms.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program, prospective students must meet the following criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE and GMAT scores are not required for admission

Required Documents

In order for your application to the ABA program to be considered, the following forms of documentation must be submitted:

  • 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 that addresses the following:
    • Why you are interested in this field
    • Why you are interested in attending the program at Drexel University
    • What are your career goals and how will Drexel’s program help you achieve those goals?
    • How does this program relate to your previous education and/or work experience?
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for International Students

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


The application can be started and completed entirely online and all documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) can be uploaded electronically. 

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If you’re interested in the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and would like to learn more, request more information to speak with a program recruiter today.