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Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online

Earn your ABA Master's Online

Take the next steps to pursue a rewarding career as a behavior analyst.

Learn to Influence Behavioral Growth

The online Master of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences (SEHS) prepares you to serve individuals with behavioral health needs and their families. 

  • Identify, assess and implement interventions for targeted individuals and groups.
  • Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.
  • Take courses verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

An Immersive Curriculum

The online ABA 33-credit curriculum includes a Verified Course Sequence approved by the ABAI. 

Students in the online master’s in applied behavior analysis program learn to adapt fundamental skills to meet the specific needs of their future clients. Our comprehensive curriculum includes 750 fieldwork hours and a range of core competencies, including:

  • Basic behavior-analytic skills — master common behavior-analytic skills and methods for assessing the cause of problem behavior.
  • Client-centered responsibilities — evaluate the need for intervention in targeted individuals as well as within groups.
  • Foundational knowledge — understand basic concepts that can be adapted into advanced techniques used for behavioral change.
  • Quality

    Complete supervised fieldwork at high quality sites

  • FT/PT

    Choose a full- or part-time schedule

  • 24

    Earn your degree in as few as 24 months

Fieldwork Experience

The program offers hands-on applied behavior analysis experience and the chance to learn directly from board certified supervisors and mentors at an approved, high quality placement site.

The program also prepares students to partially meet the fieldwork requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Students graduate with 750 hours of fieldwork with placement support. Students of the program will need to complete the remaining fieldwork hours on their own prior to applying to sit for the BCBA exam.

Increasing Opportunities for ABA Students

University of Dayton's Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program is an Academic Partner of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

BHCOE brings extensive resources as the international accreditor for ABA and a network of accredited providers to create needed solutions for placing students in supervised fieldwork and training them.

Capstone Project

The culminating capstone project will challenge you to demonstrate your competency in applied behavior analysis. Individually or with a group, you will use a single-case design, research-based case study to conduct your project in a clinical or educational setting. You will complete this capstone project in conjunction with your in-person fieldwork experience.

Online Master of ABA Admission

The online ABA program can be completed in as few as two years. We also offer three start dates per year: September, January and May. 

The University of Dayton SEHS seeks individuals who are passionate about working with those with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or other types of behavioral health needs.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

Online Learning Experience

Our flexible approach to online learning will allow you to balance professional, academic and personal commitments and goals. Thanks to our online campus, you will be able to:

  • Learn face-to-face with classmates and doctoral-level faculty in weekly, live HD video classes.
  • Access coursework anytime through the mobile-friendly online classroom.
  • Socialize and network on the virtual campus with ABA professionals across the country.
  • Actively engage in discussions using screen-share and annotation tools.
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Why Earn a Master of ABA Online?

A career as a board certified behavior analyst can be extremely rewarding. The online master’s in applied behavior analysis program — which includes a rigorous curriculum, engaging coursework and a supportive community of experts — will prepare you to give back to your community in fields like healthcare and education.

Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) Jobs

Board certified behavior analysts often work in human service agencies, school districts, hospitals and state-funded programs that support individuals with developmental disabilities. Behavior analysts can pursue a variety of roles, such as behavior coach, clinical director, behavioral consultant, educational consultant or organizational consultant.

Help Individuals with Behavioral Disorders Thrive

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Explore Program Details

Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall, Room 629
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962