Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Janet Burke, BCBA-D Graduate Coordinator Phone: (203) 837-8508
Ana Cangialosi, Dept. Secretary, WS 129 Phone: (203) 837-8510
Fax: (203) 837-8413


Faculty J. Burke

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.

 Learning Goals and Objectives

Students will be able to measure observable behavior; design, plot, and interpret data using the dimensions of ABA to make environmental changes to maintain, increase, or decrease behaviors; design and implement the full range of functional assessment procedures; make recommendations regarding behaviors that must be established. The ABA program prepares students for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst examination provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®.

 Admission Requirements

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

 1. Application for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies and a $50 application fee

 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 Division of Graduate Studies office 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.

 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 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 (


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.
Due to the program sequence, transfer credits are not accepted.


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