Graduate

Applied Behavior Analysis

Learn the science of behavior so that you can influence change and solve socially significant problems.

Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Program Tracks Available

On campus


Admission Deadline
Degrees Offered

M.A. (46 - 52 credits)
C.A.G.S. (37 credits)


School

School of Graduate Studies


Department

Psychology


Stephen Blaisdell

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
BCBA serving public school districts

Understanding the theories and practices is important to realizing how they can be applied.

I want to develop behavior programs based on scientific principles and feel confident that the work I am doing is individualized and targets the behavior I want to change. I also would like to become a BCBA, and I know this program will prepare me well.
Ashley Perry

Applied Behavior Analysis
Shared Living Case Manager, Seven Hill Foundation

I want to really make a change for the people I support.

I hope to gain the proper skills to go into the field and work with young children or adults to help reduce problem behaviors for struggling families.
Amanda Maynard

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Special Education Teacher and BCBA (supervisor), Worcester Public Schools

The class sizes are small, and the professors are accessible and kind.

Assumption’s ABA program provided opportunities for learning and assessment of student knowledge, practicum experience, and covered the perfect amount of content taught seamlessly, which was hugely influential in my achievement of passing the board exam through the BACB.
Kate Diaz

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Behavioral Clinician, Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program challenged and supported me in becoming a behavioral clinician

Each one of my instructors brought their own experience into the classroom which has been useful in my current position. I assist in creating Positive Behavioral Support plans that focus on adults increasing their independence and accomplishing their goals.
Anthea Oikonomou-Savvidis, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

ABA is different from psychology, as it’s a bit more scientific.

All of the classes we took provided us with a better understanding of the science and how evidence-based interventions make a socially significant difference.
Cynthia Riley, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

I’ve been working with people with special needs for over 30 years.

I would have ideas on how to help them, but I didn’t have the authority to implement those ideas. The more I got into my ABA program, the more empowered I felt. Now I’m better able to help clients express themselves, improve their lives, and gain independence.
Joshua Jenness, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Shapiro Educational & Behavioral Consultants

The most rewarding aspect of my job is applying what I’ve learned on a day-to-day basis.

There’s a saying, ‘If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.’ Every client is different. Every day brings a unique challenge. I like that I can create new programs for specific individuals to help them move forward in their lives.

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Stephen Blaisdell

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
BCBA serving public school districts

Understanding the theories and practices is important to realizing how they can be applied.

I want to develop behavior programs based on scientific principles and feel confident that the work I am doing is individualized and targets the behavior I want to change. I also would like to become a BCBA, and I know this program will prepare me well.
Ashley Perry

Applied Behavior Analysis
Shared Living Case Manager, Seven Hill Foundation

I want to really make a change for the people I support.

I hope to gain the proper skills to go into the field and work with young children or adults to help reduce problem behaviors for struggling families.
Amanda Maynard

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Special Education Teacher and BCBA (supervisor), Worcester Public Schools

The class sizes are small, and the professors are accessible and kind.

Assumption’s ABA program provided opportunities for learning and assessment of student knowledge, practicum experience, and covered the perfect amount of content taught seamlessly, which was hugely influential in my achievement of passing the board exam through the BACB.
Kate Diaz

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Behavioral Clinician, Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program challenged and supported me in becoming a behavioral clinician

Each one of my instructors brought their own experience into the classroom which has been useful in my current position. I assist in creating Positive Behavioral Support plans that focus on adults increasing their independence and accomplishing their goals.
Anthea Oikonomou-Savvidis, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

ABA is different from psychology, as it’s a bit more scientific.

All of the classes we took provided us with a better understanding of the science and how evidence-based interventions make a socially significant difference.
Cynthia Riley, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

I’ve been working with people with special needs for over 30 years.

I would have ideas on how to help them, but I didn’t have the authority to implement those ideas. The more I got into my ABA program, the more empowered I felt. Now I’m better able to help clients express themselves, improve their lives, and gain independence.
Joshua Jenness, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Shapiro Educational & Behavioral Consultants

The most rewarding aspect of my job is applying what I’ve learned on a day-to-day basis.

There’s a saying, ‘If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.’ Every client is different. Every day brings a unique challenge. I like that I can create new programs for specific individuals to help them move forward in their lives.
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Applied Behavior Analysis Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our Applied Behavior Analysis program by participating in our virtual information session. You will have the opportunity to chat with the program director and admissions personnel throughout the webinar.

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Graduate Admissions Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our premier graduate programs as well as the admissions process at Assumption by participating in our webinar on Tuesday, February 1st, at 12:00 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to chat with admissions staff throughout the webinar.

Feb. 1, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual
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Feb 9 Wed

Applied Behavior Analysis Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our Applied Behavior Analysis program by participating in our virtual information session. You will have the opportunity to chat with the program director and admissions personnel throughout the webinar.

Feb. 9, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual
Register Now
Feb 9 Wed

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (Orientation)

The 8-week program runs weekly on Wednesdays from February 16 to April 6, 2022.  Attend the Orientation on February 9, 2022 to learn about the program. This program is hosted by the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, in conjunction with the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies and the ... Read more

Feb. 9, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Live Online via Zoom
Register Now
Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Schedule a Conversation
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Karen Lionello-DeNolf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Applied Behavior Analysis
508-767-7498 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 144

Alexandria Buono

Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs
508-767-7390 Kennedy Hall - Room 123

Why ABA at Assumption?


Program Curriculum

Faculty


Practicum

How does the practicum work?

Fieldwork Placement

Students are encouraged to work with the Program Director to identify a fieldwork site placement site. Students are asked to identify a placement and have it approved by the Program Director during their first semester. Students may begin the practicum course sequence in the second or later semesters. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with the Program Director prior to accepting a position at a fieldwork site.

Fieldwork Hours

To qualify to sit for the BCBA exam, students are required to complete at least 1,500 and up to 2,000 hours of fieldwork in applied behavior analysis, depending on the percentage of fieldwork hours supervised by a qualified BCBA. The BACB Supervised Fieldwork category is the most common fieldwork option pursued by our students, which requires 2,000 hours. To accumulate the needed number of hours, students need to complete a minimum of 16 months (4 semesters) of practicum. For many students, additional semesters will be needed, depending on their fieldwork placement.

Fieldwork Supervision

In the first semester of the practicum, students will receive both individual and group supervision throughout their practicum classes. In subsequent semesters of practicum, students will receive 50% of their supervision during the weekly class meeting; and the remaining 50% will be received individually at their work site. All supervision will be provided by BCBAs who are also Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts in Massachusetts.


Graduate Admission Events and Ways to Connect With Us

We invite you to learn more about our graduate programs - either through a visit to campus, attending an information session or by scheduling a phone or virtual conversation with an admissions team member or one of our program directors.

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Admissions Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • Three letters of recommendation are required* – one professional and at least one academic.
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
    • A one to two-page essay that explains your professional goals and experiences that should include the following: 
      • A description of your post-graduate professional goals
      • Information on previous experiences, including research, practicum, internship, and work in the field of ABA
      • A description of why you are interested in studying ABA
      • A demonstration of commitment to studying ABA as a science to understand and improve human behavior
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English)

*We strongly recommend at least one academic letter of recommendation; the remaining letters may be professional. All recommendations may be professional if an academic letter is not feasible. However, all letters should address the student’s ability to complete graduate-level academic work and may also address the student’s experience with ABA-based interventions. Ideally, letters will be on official letterhead and signed by the writer.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Prerequisites

To be accepted into the master’s program, you must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an official transcript
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

To be accepted into the C.A.G.S. program, you must have:

  • A master’s degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university and an official transcript
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Graduate Fellowship at The New England Center for Children (NECC)

Assumption University and The New England Center for Children (NECC) have partnered to offer qualified Applied Behavior Analysis students the opportunity to become a Research Fellow. This fellowship will allow students to pursue the thesis option in the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA in ABA) program at Assumption. Fellows will complete a research thesis under the co-mentorship of an Assumption faculty member and a NECC professional. 
 

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ABA Dual Degree Program

Apply as a high school senior into the Applied Behavior Analysis Dual Degree Program with one application and, if admitted, you will be enrolled in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. You'll also benefit from being considered for a $2,500 Dual Degree Scholarship (per year for your 4 undergraduate years) and a $1,000 Dual Degree Scholarship for every term you are enrolled at least part time in your graduate program at Assumption. Learn more about all of the University's dual degree offerings.

ABA Dual Degree Program

Learn More about Career Opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis

Interventions based on the principles of behavior analysis are commonly used in the treatment of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and autism. However, behavior-analytic principles can be applied in many other areas. Included here is a resource that showcases many ABA subspecialty areas.

Applied behavior analyst career pathways


Veterans at Assumption

Assumption University recognizes that servicemen and women have demonstrated great courage and made tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation and its people. The University has introduced a number of programs and services to assist veterans during the application process and while veterans are attending Assumption. We also have a lounge designated only for our veteran students. Assumption University is committed to maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution.  We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.

Welcoming Veterans

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