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  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

    Overview


    Within the past decade, the number of children diagnosed with autism or Asperger syndrome has increased drastically, resulting in the need for educated behavior science professionals. Drexel University's accredited online Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares clinical, behavioral health, and educational leaders to use analytic theory and tools to care for and educate this growing population.

    The MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program is intended for a variety of professionals including special education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, case managers, and those interested in other education and behavioral health disciplines. Students will utilize functional analysis, social and adaptive behavior tools, and performance assessments.

    Online Open House

    View our archived online open house to learn more about the program.

    Program Features and Benefits

    • Leaders from this program will be highly successful candidates for institutions searching for knowledgeable and skilled behavior analytic consultants, program coordinators, senior clinical directors and interventionists
    • The benefit of learning from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, which boasts renowned staff who are widely-published and respected in the field
    • The opportunity to publish mentor-supported research projects
    • Available concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Access to interdisciplinary research and resources from Drexel’s academic canon
    • Same faculty, curriculum, and degree as Drexel's distinguished on-campus program

    Practicum

    The program offers the option of an in-person practicum, which students may complete at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute or another regional mental and behavioral health care center. Talk to your enrollment counselor to learn more.

    The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.
    Applicants must meet additional requirements to qualify.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.
    You must meet additional requirements to qualify.
    Core Applied Behavior Analysis Courses 
    EDEX 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
    EDEX 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
    EDEX 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
    EDEX 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
    EDEX 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
    EDEX 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
    Select one option from the following:12.0
    Option 1: Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration 
    EDEX 556
    Characteristics & Methods: Autism 
    EDEX 558
    Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism 
    EDEX 560
    Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders 
    EDEX 562
    Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders 
    Option 2: Practicum Concentration 
    EDEX 700
    Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 
    EDEX 700
    Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 
    EDEX 700
    Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 
    EDEX 700
    Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 
    EDEX 700
    Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 
    ABA elective (EDEX course, 3.0 credits, dealing with Autism selected in consultation with Program Manager or Advisor)
     
    Capstone Courses 
    EDEX 610Action Research for Special Education Teachers I4.5
    EDEX 611Action Research for Special Education Teachers II1.5
    Total Credits45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    An admissions interview is also required

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit)


    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Contact Faculty

    The following faculty members are available to speak to you about the program by phone or email. For a full listing of faculty, please visit Drexel's School of Education.

    James E. Connell, Jr., PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
    Associate Professor
    Director of the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
    jec338@drexel.edu
    215.895.2426

    Christina Vorndran, PhD, BCBA-D
    Associate Clinical Professor
    cvorndran@drexel.edu
    215.571.4560

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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