Fall 2020 Schedule Update

We appreciate your patience as we adapt to the highly fluid circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic - and we’re pleased to now be able to confirm the answers to your questions. Students have asked how classes will be affected in terms of format (online or on-campus) and starting dates. You’ll find the answers here:

Gain the expertise and skills necessary to make a positive impact on the lives of those with diverse behavioral needs.

Successfully working with individuals with unique behavioral needs - such as those who fall on the autism spectrum, those with substance abuse issues, or those with developmental disabilities - requires a unique set of skills, knowledge and expertise.

The Regis College master of science in applied behavior analysis (ABA) program uses active responding role-play, peer presentations, and comprehensive practicums to deepen the learning experience in the field of applied behavior analysis and help you better address the unique needs of children and adults with behavioral issues.

Recognized across the country, Regis College's ABA program provides a dynamic and interactive learning environment, exceptional faculty, and guaranteed field experience - all leading to personal and professional satisfaction and success.

To help reduce barriers to earning your degree, we offer this program both on-campus and online, making it accessible to students with limited scheduling availability. Most students are able to complete the course of study in just two years.

An ideal blend of course formats will optimize your learning. Your focus will be on one course at a time in our intensive eight-week hybridized format. Small interactive classes set our program apart from other universities and provide you with a lifelong professional network.

  • What careers will a master's of applied behavior analysis prepare me for?

    Earning a master's degree in ABA broadly helps prepare students for a range of careers where they may be expected to interact with individuals who exhibit unique behavioral needs. Some of the common careers that this degree prepares students for include those below:

    Clinical Director
    Average Salary: $80,000
    The BCBA Clinical Director is responsible for managing all aspects of clinical operations relating to the treatment of clients. A clinical director may also oversee administrative operations, develop policies and procedures, and provide supervision for clinical supervisors.

    University/College Professor
    Average Salary: $66,683
    A BCBA University/College Professor typically teaches courses on various topics related to Applied Behavior Analysis. A University/College Professor may also provide clinical services, hold an administrative position, or conduct research within the field of ABA.

    Clinical Supervisor
    Average Salary: $61,275
    The BCBA Clinical Supervisor oversees training and supervision of BCBA’s and/or trainees delivering services to clients. A Clinical Supervisor may conduct assessments, review treatment plans and goals, and provide ongoing feedback of treatment program implementation.

    ABA Training Coordinator
    Average Salary: $59,479
    An ABA Training Coordinator often consults and teaches about the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. They may provide training opportunities within a specific organization, school, or clinic, or for community educational purposes.

  • Admission Requirements

    Candidates eligible for this program must meet the following admission requirements:

    • Completed application form and official transcripts
    • Personal statement; a resume; three letters of recommendation
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Interview with program director
    • GRE scores are not required for this program
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Global Experience

As a Regis ABA graduate student, you will have the option to take part with fellow students and program alumni in a service trip to Iceland that occurs every other year. In Iceland, you will provide culturally competent behavior analytic care to children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and/or a related disability. You will work together with fellow students, teachers, and alumni to teach young children socially significant behaviors and reduce unwanted problem behavior. The trip lasts between 8-12 days.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

In order to graduate from the program, all students must complete a required practicum, which offers the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in a professional setting. You will develop your skills, learn from professionals working in the field, and build your professional network.

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Program Verification

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Pass rate of BCBA exam for 2019
Years to graduate

Why choose Regis College?

  • The skills you will learn over the course of this highly reputable program, provide an immediate gateway to job success.
  • Experienced, well-informed, and industry active PhD-level BCBA® faculty keep your learning environment topical, timely, and true-to-life.
  • Our ABA program provides an in-depth, thorough overview of the science of learning across diverse applications.
  • Intensive practicum placements available at the on-site Regis Autism Center or with one of our multiple partners are a fundamental part of your skills development.
  • Apply classroom learning in a real-work setting, learn from qualified individuals working in the field, and build your professional network.
  • Pursue your master of science in ABA, a certificate in ABA, a dual MEd/MS in ABA, or an MEd with an ABA certificate - all are pathways to becoming a board certified behavioral analyst.
  • Become prepared for a variety of leadership roles in the implementation, evaluation, and administration of applied behavior analytic principles and methods.

Program Mission

Regis College’s School of Health Sciences is proud to offer our programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), including the master of science and Graduate certificate, and online ABA program, our comprehensive, high-quality educational ABA programs housed within the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. Through a combination of coursework and supervised fieldwork experience, the ABA programs prepare students with the knowledge and experience needed to become competent, professional clinicians who are proficient in the research and practice of ABA. The rigorous curriculum prepares students for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®, and combines students’ personal and professional goals, personalized mentorship, and advanced professional training. The ABA programs focus on the enhancement of professional roles with the ultimate goal of delivering expert service in the major fields of behavior analysis.

Program Objectives

  1. Interpret and convey the causes of behavior, assessment of behavior, and intervention in both scientific and laymen terms.
  2. Design effective measurement procedures, conduct descriptive assessments and functional analyses, and interpret the results.
  3. Conduct a variety of skills assessments to identify a baseline level of life skills an individual exhibits.
  4. Design and evaluate effective empirically-validated intervention programs based on the assessment results and visually inspect the results using a variety of single-subject designs.
  5. Train care givers, including staff and parents, to implement empirically-validated interventions.
  6. Supervise and monitor behavior analytic interventions.
  7. Adhere to, and teach supervisees to adhere to, the ethical and humane treatment of all individuals.
  8. Work independently and collaboratively as a practitioner of behavior analysis, and qualify to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Program Outcomes

Programs applying for masters-level accreditation or re-accreditation must publicly display the following information.

  • Annual reporting period: 2019
  • Number of students whose degrees were conferred by the program: 6
  • Median years until graduation for students whose degrees were conferred by the program: 2
  • Number of students enrolled in the program: 26
  • Number of students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of degree: 2
  • Number of completed applications received: 30
  • Number of students admitted: 27
  • Number of first-time candidates sitting for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination: 2019: 100%
  • Percentage of first time candidates passing the BCBA certification examination: 100%
  • Number of graduates obtaining a master-level state license as a behavior analyst: 100%
  • Median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants admitted (reported on a 4-point scale): 3.3
  • Median standardized test scores: NA

Regis ABA Mission Statement

Regis College’s School of Health Sciences is proud to offer our programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), including the Master of Science in ABA and Certificate in ABA, our comprehensive, high-quality educational ABA programs housed within the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. Through a combination of coursework and supervised fieldwork experience, the ABA programs equip students with the knowledge and experience needed to become competent, professional clinicians who are proficient in the research and practice of ABA. The rigorous curriculum prepares students for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®, and combines students’ personal and professional goals, personalized mentorship, and advanced professional training. In alignment with the mission of Regis College, we strive to uphold an inclusive and diverse Regis ABA community where every student and alumnus feels supported and connected. The ABA programs provide students with an historical and current scientific framework for interpreting and applying the science as future professionals in the major fields of behavior analysis, with the goal of delivering expert, socially significant service.

Who You'll Learn From

ABA Program Director Jackie MacDonald wins The New England Center for Children's Outstanding Educator of the Year Award!