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

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Online and On-campus

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

Drexel’s MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) equips students with the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career in the ABA field. Students take the courses needed to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam. The program is offered in a variety of formats to offer optimal flexibility. Courses are offered online or as an online/in-person hybrid on a part-time schedule.

Drexel University is proud to offer an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) approved course sequence for our Applied Behavior Analysis program. ABAI certification 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:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness

Through our ABAI-accredited 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 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 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.

Career Options

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
  • Clinical Director
  • 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 have become successful educators, social workers, behavioral analysts, program coordinators, senior clinical directors and interventionists in public and private institutions.


The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program enrolls students at different times of 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. The hybrid program enrolls for the fall term.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the Master’s 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 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

Upon review, applicants must complete an admissions interview to be considered for the ABA graduate program.

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.

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


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.