Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program will prepare students to become board certified behavior analysts (BCBA®), working with individuals with impairments such as autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, or traumatic brain injury.

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Become an Expert in Behavioral Psychology

Designed for both working professionals and full-time students alike, this program provides a thorough understanding of the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Employing the practitioner-scholar model of professional training, a rigorous theoretical study is paired with in-depth clinical training where students will accrue experience hours working alongside professional behavior analysts, helping patients to develop adaptive skills for optimal functioning in educational, family, social, and occupational roles. Upon graduation and completion of all necessary experience hours, students will be eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam.

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Program Benefits

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  • Nationally regarded graduate school of psychology with the #6-ranked Psy.D. program in the US*
  • Access to major-university resources at the #46-ranked university in the US**
  • Outstanding faculty, recognized experts, scholars and clinicians
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Dedicated placement team to help find and secure fieldwork placements
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Convenient evening format class schedules to accommodate working professionals
  • Students currently working in ABA can meet fieldwork requirements at the site of their current employment
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals
  • * U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad School Rankings, Clinical Psychology
  • * * U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Campus Locations

Classes are conveniently located on our West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and just off the 405 freeway.
(Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

Career Outcomes

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst

A board certified behavioral analyst (BCBA) plays a critical role in treating or managing behavioral, emotional, and developmental disorders.

A BCBA can work in many different environments and help a variety of people with different learning or behavioral needs.

BCBA professionals are uniquely positioned to both reach out into the world to assist individuals one-on-one and/or assist lab and research facilities develop new programs and approaches to treatment.

Behavior Specialist
Behavior Specialist

A behavioral specialist is a type of psychological counselor who assists those with disabilities or issues that impair learning or social functions.

Behavioral specialists can find jobs in various settings, including schools, clinics, or government institutions.

Behavioral specialists generally work in clinical settings. They observe, assess, and support adults and children with emotional or behavioral problems.

Behavioral Consultant
Behavioral Consultant

Behavioral consultants are psychologists who work with patients that have behavioral problems which may include those with developmental disabilities or special needs.

It is the job of the behavioral consultant to analyze how well the patient is acting in different environments, such as home, school and work.

Behavioral specialists usually work in institutions of education, local communities, health centers and workplaces to help people with such difficulties.

Employment Potential


Job Growth

The number of jobs in Behavioral Sciences/Applied Behavioral Analysis is expected to grow 18.5% in California*


Average Salary

The average salary in California for graduates of Behavioral Sciences/Applied Behavioral Analysis master's programs is $62,732*

Employment Demand

California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Behavioral Sciences/Applied Behavioral Analysis master's programs*

*2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs

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