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

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Online and On-campus

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in education can benefit from a specialized graduate degree program that supports management of behavioral disorders. An MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Drexel University's School of Education enables students to analyze, understand, and guide change in human behavior from a systematic, data-driven approach.

What Can You Do with a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

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. Our graduates become successful educators, social workers, behavioral analysts, program coordinators, senior clinical directors and interventionists in public and private institutions.

The Drexel approach relies heavily on real-world experiences, and the Applied Behavior Analysis master's program includes a practicum that allows for hands-on learning in the field.

The course sequence for this program has been certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), an international non-profit organization responsible for disseminating professional standards in the behavior analysis field.

Students in the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program are advised by a full-time academic advisor who serves as an important resource as students progress and manage their educational and career goals. Students receive one-on-one personal advisement to ensure that educational and professional objectives are met within the course of study.

Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs and Flexible Options

The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis is a flexible program, offering full-time and part-time program delivery options, as well as the choice to participate online or on campus.

With over 20 years of experience offering online courses, Drexel University provides valuable, accredited ABA degree programs that can be tailored to suit students’ busy schedules. Online students learn from the same faculty and curriculum as students who participate in the program at our Philadelphia campus.

As a winner of the Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, Drexel University is committed to providing quality education opportunities online.

Our on-campus students attend classes at our main campus in Philadelphia and have access to the university’s invaluable resources.

Both our online and on-campus courses have been certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), an international non-profit organization responsible for outlining professional standards in the behavior analysis field.

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis - Program Eligibility

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 Drexel Online's 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 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

An admissions interview is also required

Applied Behavior Analysis Courses & Curriculum

The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis is built on Drexel’s signature emphasis on collaboration and experience. Our curriculum combines traditional coursework, comprehensive research and hands-on experience. Our program also offers two concentrations- Autism Spectrum Disorders and a Practicum to give students flexibility throughout their educational experience.

The course sequence for this program has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, an international non-profit organization responsible for disseminating professional standards in the behavior analysis field.

  • 27 core credits
  • 12 credits in Autism Spectrum Disorders concentration courses or Practicum
  • 6 credits in action research

At Drexel, we understand the value of real-world experiences, so the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis includes a practicum that allows for hands-on learning in the field.

Through the practicum concentration framework, students have the opportunity to acquire the practicum hours required to sit for the board examination while completing their coursework for the master's degree.

Real-Life Experience with Drexel's Applied Behavior Analysis Degree

The School of Education's dynamic Field Placement Office assists students in finding in-person practicum experiences at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and other regional mental and behavioral health care centers. Locations include:

  • The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute*
  • Regional mental and behavioral health care providers
  • Local EI programs
  • Educational agencies
  • Residential and community behavioral health providers

The MS program for applied behavior analysis 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.

Our MS in Applied Behavior Analysis is BACB Approved

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is a non-profit corporation established in 1998 to create credentials for behavior analysts. To be certified by the BACB means that the program’s curriculum meets national standards for quality and incorporates the latest research and best practices in the field. Drexel University is proud of our BACB-approved course sequence for our Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Why You Should Apply to the Master's of Science in Applied Behavior Anaylsis

Being a student in Drexel’s online MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program will afford you many benefits including flexible course sequences and the opportunity to gain experience through Drexel’s renowned AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Students graduate with the knowledge and experience needed to successfully complete the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam and become a licensed Behavior Analyst. 

Students have two options to apply to the Master's of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program:

  1. Online program
  2. On-Campus program in Philadelphia

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.