At Salve Regina University, our master’s degree program in applied behavior analysis prepares students for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam and promotes a thorough understanding of behavioral science. Our supportive, distinguished faculty guide students in becoming compassionate behavior analysts who assist people with autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition, our program nurtures students’ leadership and practical research skills.
Individuals with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree in any major are qualified to apply to our applied behavior analysis program. Evening classes are available at our Newport campus, and we also coordinate sites for practicum placements.
Through our popular accelerated program, qualified undergraduates can earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.
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Our 12-course master’s degree in applied behavior analysis provides the coursework and practicum experience required to sit for the BCBA certification exam and prepares graduates for leadership roles in the field. Through their coursework, students build strong foundations and fluency in critical behavior analytic content, while the supervised practicum nurtures students’ clinical skills, preparing them for the practicalities of designing behavioral programs for clients. The curriculum offered in the applied behavior analysis program is a verified course sequence per the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
- PSY510: ABA Ethics and Professional Conduct
- PSY511: History of Behaviorism
- PSY520: ABA Concepts and Principles
- PSY530: ABA Research Methods
- PSY535: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
- PSY540: ABA Intervention
- PSY550: ABA Assessment
- PSY560: ABA Supervision and Systems
- PSY570: Applied Behavior Analysis: Practicum I
- PSY571: Applied Behavior Analysis: Practicum II
- PSY590: ABA Advanced Seminar in Behavior Analysis
Students also choose one of the following:
- PSY513: Educational Psychology
- PSY521: Health Psychology
- PSY523: Autism Spectrum and Other Developmental Disabilities
- PSY525: Abnormal Psychology
- PSY531: ABA Consultation
- PSY533: Organizational Behavior Management
- PSY542: Behavior Analysis and Societal Issues
- PSY551: Critical Thinking and Decision Making in Psychology
- PSY580: Individual Research
- PSY585: Thesis Research and Writing
- PSY599: Special Topics
Applicants who do not have an introductory applied behavior analysis course on their transcript (or demonstrated relevant work experience on their resume) may be conditionally admitted and asked to complete PSY502: Survey of Behavior Analysis prior to enrollment. This course provides the foundational knowledge essential for success in our highly focused master's degree program. Students who successfully complete the prerequisite course will be fully matriculated into the program.