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Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
, IL,
The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis will prepare you to address significant challenges in today’s society. Combining coursework and intensive practicum, this 39-semester-hour program will help you gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become an effective applied behavior analyst.

About

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field that utilizes basic behavioral principles to address behavior challenges of social significance. An applied behavior analyst uses methods of direct observation to gather information about how different environmental events influence behaviors of interest, and then systematically evaluates if/how modifications to these environmental events produce socially significant changes. As a graduate of the program, you will be on the leading edge of a growing field and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Applied behavior analysts work in any setting in which they can address problematic behaviors that are of social concern. Applied behavior analysts have been particularly effective serving individuals on the autism spectrum and individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, applied behavior analysts also find meaningful roles in the areas of education, business and industry, treatment of substance abuse, sports and athletic performance, and animal training (just to name a few).

The ABA program emphasizes a natural science approach to the study of human behavior. The program will introduce students to ways of viewing everyday behavior that differs from the way behavior is typically talked about in everyday speak. You will be introduced to the basic research that serves as the foundation for applied behavior analysis, and how basic research has given rise to effective behavioral treatments addressing behavioral challenges. Then, you will have the opportunity to exercise skills learned in the classroom at practicum sites that have been selected because of the high quality services and the range of experiences the sites provide.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • Clinical and Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • Behavioral Assessment 
  • Behavioral Interventions 
  • Professional and Ethical Issues 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college and/or university (minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) for all prior college and/or university credit. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts 
  • Current curriculum vita or detailed resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Please seek persons who are acquainted with your professional or academic abilities. 
  • Statement of Purpose. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    600 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 600 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    600 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 600 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Aurora

  • 1120 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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