MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

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MS in Applied Behavior Analysis 
ABA Degree Program

The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program provides a strong foundation in applied behavior analysis—and seeks to bring the best of the discipline and practice of psychology and behavior analysis to understanding and enhancing the development of all children, and helping them meet their individualized needs. 

The ABA degree program, offered at PCOM's main campus in Philadelphia, is committed to training future behavior analysts who are thoroughly prepared for service and practice in the 21st century and offers a holistic and integrated view of health care—one that treats the whole person and provides the opportunity to consult and collaborate with students from other medical-related disciplines. The program is also dedicated to preparing students to promote social justice through culturally responsive practice and advocacy to ensure equity for all children.

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Program Highlights

The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed to provide individuals with comprehensive behavioral assessment, consultation and intervention skills. Our coursework is focused on supporting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental and behavioral disabilities—and their families—in settings including in school, home, community, and residential settings.

Our ABA courses are taught by expert faculty who are board-certified behavior analysts and psychologists with extensive applied clinical experience. Additionally, these courses are offered within a dynamic medical school environment which offers opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration. The program provides supervised field experience, research experience and faculty mentorship.

Field Experience and Clinical Training

The fieldwork experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned through coursework. Students will complete the ABA practicum during their spring term and will coordinate with the director and other faculty to find a placement and accrue supervised field experience that may count towards BCBA supervised field experience (if the specific requirements of the BACB are met by the placement). 

BACB Certification Requirements

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) requires all students to complete supervised field experience, please refer to bacb.com for details.

Students can earn these hours while working and can begin accruing hours from day one of starting the master’s program. Many students in the program earn their hours while they work and are enrolled in the program.

To earn certification, students must earn a graduate degree—completing required coursework—while also completing experience in line with current experience standards. Finally, each student must take and pass the required examination.

For more information regarding the supervised field experience requirement, visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

How to Apply

Visit the ABA degree program application requirements page for details regarding admissions requirements and the application process.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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