Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis is a leading science in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior and skill deficits for individuals with and without disabilities. This 36 credit Master’s program will teach students how to work with children and adults with behavior problems or skill deficits.

Highlighted Courses

  • Principles and Science behind ABA
  • Understanding and conducting research as a scientist-practitioner
  • Assessment of behavior concerns
  • Treatment of behavior concerns
  • Functional communication
  • Behavioral consultation
  • Classroom applications of ABA

University Approved Practicum

Elms College offers University Approved Practicum for students enrolled in the MS in ABA program.

Certification and Licensing

Upon completion students will be eligible to pursue certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and licensing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with other eligibility requirements. University Approved Practicum courses are offered for students in the MS in ABA Program.

BCBA Examination Pass Rates for Verified Course Sequences: 2013-2017


Mastering the Research Process

Alyssa Clark '17, '18

Photo of MS in Applied Behavior Analysis grad Alyssa Clark

“If anyone has the chance to participate in graduate research, I think that’s an opportunity they should jump on. It gives you such valuable perspective. When I had the chance to work with Dr. Hanratty, I loved it. It inspired me to continue on for my Ph.D.”