Master of Arts Applied Behavior Analysis


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Program Description

The Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Southeast Missouri State University is an online graduate degree that prepares students to become practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

This 42-credit graduate program includes 24 credit hours of course work and 18 credit hours of Intensive University Practicum (minimum of 750 clock hours).

Our courses have been designed to meet the Fourth Edition Task List ii, iii issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). 

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*Please be aware we are currently suspending admission to the program until Fall 2020*

Unique Features

The program can be completed in 2 years with students taking 6-7 credit hours each semester for 6 semesters (including Summer). Most of the content courses are completed in the first year, which allows students to complete their fieldwork in their second year.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Letter of intent addressing preparation for graduate study, ability to succeed at the graduate level and professional goals and objectives. The letter should address what the applicant expects to achieve through graduate level study. The letter of intent should be typed and a maximum of 750 words in length.


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Internships & Career Opportunities

Students are required to take 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) of a 6-credit hour Intensive University Practicum. The goal is for students to accumulate at least 750 fieldwork hours over the course of those three semesters. Each practicum site must be approved by Southeast Missouri State University. Students must work with their advisor early on to identify one or more appropriate fieldwork sites.

  • ABA Therapist - Specialty of Autism
  • Home-Based Early Childhood
  • Therapist
  • First Steps - Hollywood, California


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