MS in Psychology: Applied Behavioral Analysis

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program provides coursework on assessment and intervention skills for developmentally disabled individuals. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program allows students to study mixed-method research techniques used in applied behavioral analysis, the evaluation and development of behavioral interventions, how to measure target behaviors, and the interpretation of research data. Students can examine the clinical applications of applied behavior analysis and use real-life case studies to acquire skills in the design, implementation, and maintenance of behavior change programs. The program also includes coursework on the ethics and standards associated with the research and practice of psychology, applied statistics in psychological research, advanced research methods, the structure of psychological testing, measurement, and assessment, and human development from birth to death. Students can choose to complete the program with a master's thesis project or a comprehensive exam. This program meets the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you would like to apply to the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program you should have an interest in psychological research of special populations, such as those with traumatic brain injury, autism, or developmental disabilities. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

There are two tracks for the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program. Students can choose the thesis track, which will require 70 credits and at least one extra term; or they may choose the comprehensive exam track which consists of 65 credits and requires a comprehensive exam for program completion.

Master of Science in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis Requirements

  • Applied Statistics for Psychology
  • Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Testing, Measurement, and Assessment
  • Life Span Development
  • Ethics for Behavior Analysts

Applied Behavioral Analysis Requirements

  • Research Design in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Advanced Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data
  • Implementing Behavioral Change
  • Clinical Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum

Thesis Track

  • Master's Research and Thesis I
  • Master's Research and Thesis II

Exam Track

  • Comprehensive Exam

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program at Kaplan University you could pursue employment opportunities at schools, mental health facilities, hospitals, and special education programs. Some positions you may wish to seek could include:

  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Applied behavior specialist
  • Clinical psychologist

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis program is designed to prepare student who wish to continue their education with doctoral-level studies. Earning a Ph.D. can prepare you for career options in research or a specialized field. Below are some doctoral programs you may be interested in:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology