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 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.

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.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Regis College is built around a 39-credit curriculum designed to prepare students for the unique challenges associated with working with individuals with a range of behavioral needs. This includes coursework designed to inform the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of individuals, and various methods for behavioral intervention.  Students are also expected to fulfill thesis and practicum requirements.

More information about specific coursework and curriculum.

Most students complete the program following a two-year course of study.  Online options are available.

  • 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.

Learn about past student experiences by visiting our Iceland service trip blog.

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 Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) has approved the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved the practicum courses toward the experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Examination®. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify.

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.

Who You'll Learn From

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