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Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis




What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is designed to provide advanced graduate-level training for students who have strong and well-defined interests in the scientific study of behavioral principles as applied to individuals and organizations. In this 2-year program, students can obtain their M.S. degree and complete the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) requirements to be able to practice independently as Board Certified Behavior Analysts®. We emphasize the philosophy, theory, science and methodology that guide clinicians in the field of ABA. Students of the program will learn how to conduct behavioral assessments and to design, implement and monitor outcome-based interventions, while adhering to BACB® ethical and professional guidelines. The coursework incorporates practical training with a focus on a conceptual understanding of the science of ABA. The breadth and scientific rigor of this program provides students with the foundation necessary to pursue careers as scientist-practitioners and to become competitive candidates for doctoral training. This program is offered in a cohort model, with sequentially advancing coursework, in collaboration with The Tseng College of Extended Learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will:

  • Understand how to access professional information and practice within ethical guidelines.
  • Know the various scopes of practice and research in behavior analysis.
  • Know how to initiate, continue, modify or discontinue behavior analysis services.
  • Know how to choose the most effective assessment and behavior change procedures and give preference to scientifically validated methods.
  • Know how to define and use behavioral principles and concepts in identifying functions of behaviors and making behavioral change.
  • Know how to select, define, measure, assess, manipulate record and interpret behaviors and behavior changes.
  • Know how to use experimentation to assess intervention outcomes using various methods and designs.
  • Know how to design and use systems for monitoring and carrying out interventions.
  • Know how to teach various audiences about behavior analysis.
  • Be ready for in-field and supervised behavior service experiences.
  • Be prepared to take the board certification exam.

Which department am I in?

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (37 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$8,498.00 per year
Tuition and other fees: USD $4,249 for seven or more units per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

6 December 2022

Start date

August 2023


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sierra Hall, Room 401,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

For international students

Admission to the program generally requires an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent for international students), from a regionally accredited institution, in Psychology. Applicants who do not have a degree in Psychology should consult with the program director. A GPA of 3.0 is required except on approval by the Graduate Admission Committee.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

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


About California State University Northridge

“As one of the best universities in California, CSUN gives students the academic background and practical experience to be skilled professionals.”

  • More than 130 degree programs offered
  • Renowned in-person Intensive English-language Program (IEP)
  • Beautiful sunny weather year-round
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