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Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis

Launch Your Career in a Growing Field

JCU’s innovative M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed to exceed the gold standard in graduate-level training for this emerging discipline. The program brings together an in-depth and diversified academic curriculum and real-world experience to prepare students to seek professional certification. It also positions them to enter a wide range of careers—from working with individuals with autism, to education, counseling, and roles across a range of industries including organizational behavior management and public health.

Prepare for Certification

The program prepares students to apply for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and as a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA).

A Marketable Combination of Knowledge and Experience

Students enrolled in the program build a strong foundation in the science of behaviorism through coursework, real-world experience, and experiential learning—excellent preparation for a highly employable career.

Work with a Variety of Populations

  • Large companies to increase employee satisfaction and retention
  • Athletes to improve overall performance on the field
  • Teachers to increase classroom management practices and success of all students
  • Clients seeking support with health and wellness routines
  • Individuals with autism to increase socially significant behaviors and independence
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • This program has no set submission deadline. Applications are considered on a rolling basis upon completion. Admission decisions will be made based on space in the program.
  • No GRE Required
  • Free Application
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Interview
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • No GRE Required

Prepare for a Career in Behavior Analysis

JCU’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program is delivered using a flexible hybrid model and includes 13 courses, including core requirements totaling 39 credit hours with the opportunity to earn fieldwork hours under the supervision of community partners and university faculty. Students also have the option to work closely with faculty on a research project and a written thesis as a capstone experience. Full-time and part-time enrollment options are available.

“The M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program represents an opportunity to earn a marketable degree in a rapidly growing field, while also fulfilling a critical community need for more practitioners.”

—Dr. Maria Helton, Applied Behavior Analysis Program Director, BCBA, COBA 

Located in Cleveland, John Carroll University is a private, Jesuit Catholic university that welcomes students of all backgrounds.

The M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares students to:

  • Measure and analyze dimensions of behavior
  • Design and implement appropriate and ethical behavior change procedures
  • Apply the principles of behavior change in applied business, counseling, and education settings
  • Deepen cross-disciplinary communication skills through inter-professional collaboration and working in multidisciplinary teams

Through required supervised fieldwork, students gain invaluable experience working in healthcare facilities, outpatient clinics, or other settings related to behavior change.

Through faculty relationships, supervised field work, and study alongside students from Northeast Ohio and beyond, you can build your network and connect to potential opportunities for employment and professional development.

Start Your Behavior Analysis Career at JCU


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  • Autism Intervention
  • Business & Industry
  • Community-based Organizations
  • General & Special Education
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources
  • Clinical Behavior Analysis
  • Health and Fitness