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Applied Behavior Analysis

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

Applied Behavior Analysis Program

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On campus


Admission Deadline

Fall start: June 15


Degrees Offered

M.A., C.A.G.S.


Department

Psychology

Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
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508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Karen Lionello-DeNolf, Ph.D.

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

Susan Volungis

Academic Support Team Coordinator
508-767-7390 Kennedy Hall - Room 123
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Program Curriculum

Faculty

In the Applied Behavior Analysis program you will learn from experts in the field.

Practicum

How does the practicum work?

Fieldwork Placement

Students are encouraged to work with the program director in order to identify a practicum placement. Students are asked to identify a placement and have it approved by the program director during their first semester. Practicum begins during the second semester.

Fieldwork Hours

Students are required to complete 1,000 hours of fieldwork in applied behavior analysis with 7.5% of their hours supervised by a BCBA each week. Students will complete three semesters of practicum in order to accumulate the required 1,000 fieldwork hours. Students are required to work or volunteer at their approved site for a minimum of 25 hours a week (with a maximum of 30 hours per week). Students may only accumulate fieldwork hours while enrolled in the practicum class for graduate credit.

Fieldwork Supervision

Students will receive 50% of their supervision during the weekly class meeting; 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.

BACB Verified

Assumption’s ABA course sequence and practicum courses meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (under the 4th Edition Task List). Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify.

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.
Stephen Blaisdell

Applied Behavior Analysis 2011
Special Education Teacher, Crossroads School

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.

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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.
Stephen Blaisdell

Applied Behavior Analysis 2011
Special Education Teacher, Crossroads School

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.
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Admissions Requirements

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 behavior analysis, psychology or education

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • $30 Application Fee (waived for AC alumni)
  • Three letters of recommendation are required – professional and at least one academic.
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English)

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Learn More about Career Opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles and practices are greatly used in the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, however, ABA services can extend far beyond that. Included here is a resource that evaluates the many ABA subspecialty areas that exist.

Applied behavior analyst career pathways


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