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2016-2017 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2016-2017 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavior Analysis, Master of Science

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Program Objective

We are excited to announce a new Master of Science degree in behavior analysis. We are recruiting students to matriculate in fall 2015. During the 2014-2015 academic year, you can complete up to nine credits before matriculating. The post-bachelor’s applied behavior analysis program is also an option for students who have experience in the field and plan to apply to the MS program. Both of these options allow you to sample the courses and find out more about the program.

The psychology department at Salem State University also offers several other options for studying behavior analysis at the graduate level. The following links take you to information related to behavior analysis courses. All of our programs include the relevant course sequences that have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to apply to the BACB for examinations related to Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA, bachelor’s degree mandatory) or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA, master’s degree mandatory). Students applying to the BACB are expected to meet additional requirements and should consult with the BACB directly concerning eligibility.

Traditional entry into the full master’s program from the undergraduate degree, will require a completed undergraduate degree in a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, completion of a research methods and statistics course, General Psychology, and at least one course in either experimental or applied behavior analysis(or experience working in the field).

Entry from the existing post-baccalaureate ABA certificate program would require that the applicant be matriculated in that program, and successfully complete at least 3 or the 5 courses in the program at time of application to the full master’s program. Those who are matriculated in the post-bachelor’s program must meet the program requirements of an undergraduate degree in a related area with a minimum 3.25 GPA, and have either 6 months experience or a university internship in a setting that utilizes applied behavior analysis interventions. This option is for students who perform well in the field and in class, but may not necessarily test well on standardized tests.


Total Credits: 39 - 43.5

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