Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

Behavior Analysis, Master of Science


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Our program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Accreditation Board. The full program curriculum consists or 37.5 credits. Students applying to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for certification are expected to meet additional requirements and should consult with the BACB directly concerning eligibility.

Admission Requirements

Specific additional admission requirements for Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

  • 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.

Program Requirements


Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

Additional Program Requirements


All students with the stated goal of working as a certified or licensed behavior analyst must provide evidence of completed supervision hours prior to graduating and must secure an appropriate placement/position by their second semester in the program.

All students are required to present at a local, regional, or national conference.

Total Credits: 39


Note: students may also opt to complete a project or thesis with the approval of the program coordinator.

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