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M.A. in Psychology

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 1 Year Full-Time / 2 Years Part-Time

The online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration within the M.A. in Psychology program equips graduates with a broad, foundational knowledge of psychology while providing them the opportunity to learn behavior analytic theories and procedures. This master of arts in psychology program may also provide a bridge to more advanced study and certification in this specialized […]

The online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration within the M.A. in Psychology program equips graduates with a broad, foundational knowledge of psychology while providing them the opportunity to learn behavior analytic theories and procedures. This master of arts in psychology program may also provide a bridge to more advanced study and certification in this specialized area.

Master of Arts in Psychology students with an Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 9 credit hours within their Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration, and 6 credit hours in an applied research project focused on Applied Behavior Analysis.

Guided by practitioner faculty, students in the M.A. in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program are introduced to ABA interventions and learn how to design appropriate approaches to behavior modification related to developmental disabilities, geriatric conditions, behavioral and learning difficulties, and mental illness.

Guided by an understanding of how behavior analysis can be applied to today’s children, adults, and seniors, M.A. in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration graduates will be prepared to advance their careers in several areas including:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Government agencies
  • Social work
  • Nonprofit
  • Mental health
  • Treatment Centers

 

M.A. in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Online Student Experience

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Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis is a natural science approach to studying behavior, wherein behavior is a legitimate subject matter in its own right and is not the result of processes occurring within the individual. This course instructs students in the basic principles of operant and respondent conditioning and selection by consequences, and the research literature from which the principles were derived. The course also addresses the philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis (e.g., radical behaviorism).

Observation and Measurement

This course addresses behavior definition, data collection, inter-observer agreement, and data display. Students learn to evaluate various measurement and display techniques and to interpret data displays.

Professional Ethics and Issues

Professional, ethical, and legal issues related to the practice of behavior analysis are critically examined. Students read ethical guidelines relevant to behavior analysis and apply those guidelines to ethical scenarios and dilemmas. Supplementary materials illustrate or elaborate on various issues, including the history of ethics in behavior analysis and current ethical and professional issues.

Students may enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis online program to complete four additional courses that, together with the three courses as part of the M.A. Psychology ABA Concentration, comprise the academic course work requirements to qualify to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA).  Students may also enroll in optional distance supervision courses in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Students are not required to complete their supervision with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to receive the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis; however, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® requires the BCBA® Supervised Experience requirement to be completed prior to sitting for the BCBA® certification exam.

 

The M.A. Psychology program does not include internships or a traditional thesis option; rather, students will complete an Applied Research Project over the course of their studies that reflects their grasp of the program’s learning outcomes and their ability to integrate this learning and apply it to workplace situation or other life contexts.

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Application to the M.A. in Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • GRE Exam
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required; however, students who have taken the exam may submit their scores to enhance their application. Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE School Code: 1119) for consideration.

In addition to the admission criteria, students must have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband or Internet connection, and the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook and, at minimum, the following computing skills:

  • A comfort with basic Internet technology
  • The ability to open and attach files from and to email
  • The ability to send and receive email
  • The ability to save documents

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