WCSU Graduate Catalog 2018-2019


Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Stephanie Kuhn, BCBA-D Graduate Coordinator, 304
Phone: (203) 837-3206
Ana Cangialosi, Dept. Secretary, WS 129
Phone: (203) 837-8510
Fax: (203) 837-8413      


Faculty: A. Brewer, J. Burke, S. Kuhn.

Program Overview and Mission

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a requirement of thirty credits. The program is housed in the Education and Educational Psychology Department. The M.S. in ABA offers courses of study students can apply toward advanced degrees or toward careers as Board-Certified Behavior Analysts.

The mission of Western Connecticut State University’s ABA program is to provide high-quality behavior analytic instruction to practitioners.  We offer courses with advanced online technology in an academic environment dedicated to education and research.

Program Learning Goals and Objectives

1. Use assistive technology to promote the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening with individuals with developmental disabilities who require behavioral modifications.

2. Prepare and submit a competitive grant proposal to a public or private organization.

3. Evaluate research for utility in the practice of diagnosing and treating individuals with developmental disabilities or behavior modifications.

4. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in all areas of the Behavior Analyst Task List Fourth Edition 

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the M.S. in ABA must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

 1. Application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. Online Application  (Application deadline for fall: March 1st / for spring: November 1st)

 2. Applicants for the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

 3. One official transcript mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree

 4. Applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) must be at least a 2.8 for admission into program.

Transcripts can be sent to: Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or sent as an attachment to Graduate Admissions

Degree Requirements

 1. Board-certified Behavior Analyst core coursework: EPY641, EPY642, EPY643, EPY644, and EPY645, for a total of 19 credits. The applicant must complete 309 classroom hours of graduate-level instruction (see Acceptable Coursework below) in the following content areas and for the number of hours specified:

  • Ethical and Professional Conduct-60 hours
  • Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis-45 hours
  • Measurement-25 hours             
  • Experimental Design-24 hours
  • Identification-30 hours 
  • Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change-45 hours
  • Intervention & Behavior Change Considerations-10 hours                 
  • Behavior Change Systems-15 hours
  • Implementation, Management and Supervision-10 hours
  • Discretionary-45 hours

2. Complete an additional 11 credits in Applied Behavior Analysis: EPY651, EPY652, EPY653, and EPY654.

3. Students whose work is of marginal quality, less than a B, in all M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of Board-certified Behavior Analyst will not be recommended for continuation in the program.

4. Students are required to visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website regularly and keep up to date with all requirements to sit for the examination and become a Board-certified Behavior Analyst.


1. Students must complete fieldwork experience within three choices: supervised independent fieldwork (1,500 hours), practicum (1,000 hours), or intensive practicum (750 hours). The fieldwork experience is done independent of WCSU. The coursework, fieldwork experience, and other requirements specified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is required for eligibility to take the BCBA examination (Behavior Analyst Certification Board).

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (30 SH)  (All courses are 100% online.)

Completion of the following:

Course Requirements 30 SH
EPY 641*  Applied Behavior Analysis I 4 SH
EPY 642*  Applied Behavior Analysis II 4 SH
EPY 643*  Applied Behavior Analysis III 4 SH
EPY 644*  Applied Behavior Analysis IV 4 SH
EPY 645*  Applied Behavior Analysis V 3 SH
EPY 651   Assistive Technology for Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH
EPY 652   Grant Writing for Applied Behavior Analysis 2 SH
EPY 653   Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SH
EPY 654   Research in Applied Behavior Analysis Literature 3 SH
* Core courses must be taken in sequence
Course Descriptions
Due to the program sequence, transfer credits are not accepted.