Special Education Advanced Studies (ABA Emphasis)

Montana State University Billings

M.Sc. Online
1088 USD/credit
540 USD/credit
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Online Courses: all courses offered in the Applied Behavior analysis sequence will be offered online. It's a convenient way to learn with your computer!


5 Reasons to Choose MSUB for this Degree

  • Offered fully online to provide flexibility at a distance

  • Our ABA program has a course sequence and intensive practicum approved by the BACB, and the College of Education is NCATE accredited

  • Affordable tuition from a state university system and WICHE program

  • Our students have a high rate of employment or job promotions after graduation

  • Coursework and internships prepare you to take the Board Certified Behavior analyst Exam (or BCaBA Exam)

Careers: What can you do with a degree in ABA?

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Training Coordinator
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Consultant
  • In-home Program Coordinator
  • Program Supervisor & Early Childhood Intervention Specialist for Children with Autism
  • Foster Parent Consultant
  • Forensic Behavior Analyst

Many of our recent graduates responded to a Graduate Data survey taken 9 months after graduation. Of the 18 graduates who did respond to the survey, 16 or 89% are employed in their field. They reported an average salary of $48,530.

Is the study of Applied Behavior Analysis right for me?

Quality of Life:If you're interested in helping people achieve a well-balanced lifestyle to the maximum extent possible, then ABA is for you.

Science and Art:If you want to learn how to use techniques grounded in behavioral principles such as positive reinforcement and precision teaching, ABA is for you.

Programme Structure


  • Research in Special Programs
  • Advanced Human Development & Learning
  • Ethics in Education and Human Services
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Curricular Adaptations for Special Populations
  • Assessment and Program Planning
  • Data-based Instruction
  • Autism: Characteristics and Interventions

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  • Fully structured
  • Continuous support with feedback on request

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Graduate GPA (if applicable) of at least 3.0
  • Completed Graduate Record Examination
  • Admission Procedures

    • Complete Graduate Student Application
    • Submit Official Transcripts from all Institutions Attended
    • Payment of Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee
    • Submit Admission Test Scores - GRE

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1088 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1088 USD per credit and a duration of  .
    • National

      540 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 540 USD per credit and a duration of  .


    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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    Special Education Advanced Studies (ABA Emphasis)
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