Special Education (ABA)

Cairn University

M.Sc. Online
30 months
688 USD/credit
688 USD/credit
688 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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This biblically-centered program equips professionals with teaching and intervention skills based on ABA principles. ABA is the most research-supported scientific treatment for autism and is highly effective for individuals with other disabilities as well.


  • Earn the MS in Special Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and concurrently fulfill requirements for the highly demanded Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential and meet partial course requirements for the Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License (BSL).
Program Highlights
  • First Christian university program worldwide, with extensive autism training, that has been verified to meet coursework and experience requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA Exam
  • May be started any semester and completed in as few as seven semesters
  • 50% tuition discount for educators working in Christian schools
  • Unique 5th edition course sequence verified to meet coursework requirements for the 5th edition BCBA exam and 4th edition BCBA exam (if SPE 726 is replaced by SPE 731)
  • Advance standing for Bible/theology credits available
  • Intensive Practicum (IP) Track and Coursework-Only Track available

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities I
  •  ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities II
  • Interventions for Autism/Other Disabilities
  • Principles of Behavior

For more information visit the program website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines





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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit the Graduate Application for Admission (either online or print), along with a $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit the following essays: Spiritual Statement: Describe your conversion to Christ, spiritual growth, and church involvement; Statement of Purpose: Describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in this field at this time. 

  • Submit official academic transcript(s) for all conferred degrees. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, university, or seminary, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 

  • Submit two Academic/Professional References.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    688 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 688 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    688 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 688 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
  • In-State

    688 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 688 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Special Education (ABA)
Cairn University