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What will I learn?

Earn your Master of Arts in Psychology with an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focus in just 6 semesters. Our program offers courses that are verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) as meeting specific faculty and coursework standards.


Fall, Year 1

PSY534—Philosophical Underpinnings of ABA

PSY504—Topics in Child Development

Spring, Year 1

PSY526—Measurement and Design in ABA

PSY509—Concepts and Principles of ABA

Fall, Year 2

PSY531—Behavioral Assessment

PSY525—Implementing Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings

Spring, Year 2

PSY532—Behavioral Interventions

PSY518—Cognitive Neuroscience

Fall, Year 3

PSY529—Ethics and Professionalism in ABA

PSY527—Clinical Applications in ABA

Spring, Year 3

PSY533—Supervision and Management

PSY586—ABA Seminar

ABA Program

This master’s program prepares students to meet the academic requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. View BCBA pass rates.

This part-time, 36-credit program is designed be completed in three years. Students can have some flexibility as long as they complete it on a timely basis. UMass Dartmouth also offers an Applied Behavior Analyst Graduate Certificate for professionals who have earned a master’s degree in education or psychology. This is a two year, 24-credit program that provides the academic requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA exam.

ABA Program Advantages

Earn your MA in psychology and learn from faculty who have specific training in behavior analysis and psychology. This coursework sequence has been verified to meet the academic requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

Receive comprehensive ABA training that complements the theoretical framework of psychology.

As a state university UMass Dartmouth’s tuition and fees are more manageable.

Conveniently located in the South Coast of Massachusetts where there is a strong, local demand for BCBAs.

The UMassD program is structured so that individuals can do their experience hours as part of their job, provided they can be supervised by a certified BCBA.

Career Opportunities

work with a variety of populations including autistic children and adults, typically developing children, adults with intellectual disabilities, and seniors with dementia

practice in various settings including clinics, hospitals, residential treatment centers, public schools and community agencies

Learning Style: On campus

Blended – Many of the ABA courses combine online and face-to-face classes in each course.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$22,183.56 per year
Application deadline

22 December 2022

Start date

17 January 2023


College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building, 397A,

285 Old Westport Road,



02747, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate field from an accredited (if U.S.) institution of higher learning or be enrolled in such a baccalaureate degree program, with degree completion anticipated prior to graduate enrollment. Applicants who lack a bachelor’s degree may be considered for admission, in some programs, if they can demonstrate convincingly that they have the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in the discipline of their choice. We require a minimum score of 72 IBT on the TOEFL or BAND 6.0 on the IELTS for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 79 IBT on the TOEFL or BAND 6.5 on the IELTS for consideration for a teaching assistantship.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree in psychology or closely related field including human services, sociology, education and/or work experience in the ABA field.

A minimum undergraduate cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading system is required. Students not meeting this requirement but who otherwise give evidence of strong academic ability may be admitted.

Signature on the Psychology Department “Competency and Fitness” and “Self Disclosure” forms.

We require a minimum score of 72 IBT on the TOEFL or BAND 6.0 on the IELTS for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 79 IBT on the TOEFL or BAND 6.5 on the IELTS for consideration for a teaching assistantship.

The application deadline for fall term is Feb 01 and spring term is Dec 22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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