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  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis


    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. 

    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
    • Access to interdisciplinary research and resources from Drexel’s academic canon
    • Same faculty, curriculum, and degree as Drexel's distinguished on-campus program

    BACB Verified

    The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified this course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. You must meet additional requirements to qualify.

    Concentrations

    You will complete core coursework as well as one of the following concentrations:

    • Practicum Concentration: Gain real world experience by completing an in-person practicum at locations such as the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the first research organization dedicated to bringing a public health approach to the challenges presented by autism spectrum disorders, or at other regional mention and behavioral health care centers. Students that choose this option may finish the program with 750 practicum hours.
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration: Take a deeper dive into the study of autism by completing a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders, which emphasizes communication, language skills and research-based approaches.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, July 11th from 3 – 5 p.m. EST as Drexel University Online, in conjunction with the School of Education, presents an informative and convenient way for you to learn more about the online education programs at Drexel University. You’ll have the opportunity to explore program components and delve into online learning at Drexel followed by a Q&A session with a program manager. This is a great opportunity for you to find out why Drexel’s program is the right choice for you.

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    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 630 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change 4.5
    EDEX 631 Measurement and Experimental Design 4.5
    EDEX 632 Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis 4.5
    EDEX 633 Behavioral Interventions 4.5
    EDEX 634 Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision 4.5
    EDEX 635 Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct 4.5
    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 610 Action Research for Special Education Teachers I 4.5
    EDEX 611 Action Research for Special Education Teachers II 1.5
    Total Credits 45.0

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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 2018-2019 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 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.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • 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.

    Christina Vorndran, PhD, BCBA-D
    Director of the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Associate Clinical Professor
    cvorndran@drexel.edu
    215.571.4560

    James E. Connell, Jr., PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
    Associate Professor
    Clinical Director and Research Fellow
    A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
    jec338@drexel.edu
    215.895.2426

    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

     

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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