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Top 10 Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in Massachusetts 2020

Do you have a passion for helping individuals with unique behavioral needs? A career in Applied Behavior Analysis may be a great choice! ABA is a unique area requiring professionals to have skills, knowledge, and expertise to help individuals change their behavior and improve their quality of life. From people with substance abuse to those on the Autism spectrum, ABA professionals play a significant role in helping others make behavioral changes. We created this ranking of the top 10 programs in Massachusetts to earn a master’s in ABA. All of these programs offer the approved course sequence to meet the classroom requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Our methodology for this ranking is below. Where there are ties, we favored the program with the lower in-state tuition rate.

Student to Faculty Ratio

  • 12:1 or less= 3 Points
  • 13:1 to 19:1=2 Points
  • Greater than 20:1= 1 Point

Average Graduate Tuition Rate

  • Less than $13,000 per year= 3 Points
  • $13,000 to $20,000 per year=2 Points
  • More than $20,000 per year= 1 Point

Percentage of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam in 2018

  • Less than 25% or N/A (the course sequence is within its first 4 years of operation)-1 point
  • 26% to 75%-3 points
  • Greater than 75%-5 points

#10 -William James College – Newton, Massachusetts

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Masters Degree Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $39,600/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 7:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: N/A
Points: 4
The top ABA master’s program from William James College includes both the coursework and practicum requirements needed to sit for the BCBA exam. New cohorts are admitted each fall and spring semester. The program is ideal for future or current practitioners in areas like:

  • education
  • human services
  • hospitals/clinics

Students complete a practicum during their first two semesters followed by an internship during the final summer semester. Coursework is scheduled in the early evening hours to accommodate working professionals.

#9 -Assumption College – Worchester, Massachusetts

Master’s in ABA

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,438/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: N/A
Points: 6
The top master’s in applied behavior analysis from Assumption College features an ABAI verified course sequence and 1,500 to 2,000 fieldwork experience hours needed to sit for the BCBA exam. Students can pursue either an applied or research track through tailored coursework and electives. There is no GRE required for admission. Required courses include:

  • Measurement and Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
  • Ethical, Legal and Professional Topics in Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior-Analytic Interventions

Students can complete this 46 credit hour program in two years. Students seeking a thesis option for their future educational or career goals can complete a 52 credit hour program.

#8 -Westfield State University – Westfield, Massachusetts

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,300/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: Info not available because program had fewer than six first-time candidates during the year.
Points: 6
The top master’s in applied behavior analysis from Westfield State University is a BACB approved program that prepares students to work in a variety of settings. Courses are offered during the evenings to accommodate working professionals. Both full and part-time program options are available. This 48 credit hour program includes courses in:

  • Autism and Developmental Disability
  • Clinical Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Interventions

Students can choose to complete a thesis or take elective courses. All students complete a 12 credit hour practicum series, gaining valuable hands-on learning.

#7 -University of Massachusetts-Boston – Boston, Massachusetts

Master’s in Education: Learning, Teaching, and Educational Transformation-ABA for Special Populations

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $17,876/year in-state and $34,932/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 75%
Points: 7
The University of Massachusetts Boston offers a master’s in education with a focus on ABA. Students complete the 18 credit hour course sequence to complete the ABA certificate program and apply those hours toward the master’s program. Students who need to complete the supervised practicum requirement and are unable to do so at their current workplace can complete their practicum as part of the program. ABA courses include:

  • Implementing Behavior Analytic Research
  • Designing Behavior Analytic Research
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristics and Interventions

#6 -University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth – Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Psychology MA: Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $15,912/year in-state and $28,716/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 50%
Points: 7
The College of Arts and Sciences at UMass Dartmouth features a top master’s in psychology with an emphasis on ABA. Students can complete their degree in just six semesters. Courses include:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Implementing Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
  • Supervision and Management

This 36 credit hour program meets the coursework requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. The program is set up so students can get their experience hours at work as long as they are supervised by someone with at least their BCBA certification.

#5 -Regis College – Weston, Massachusetts

Applied Behavior Analysis (MS)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $41,015/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 78%
Points: 9
Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts features a top master’s in applied behavior analysis for individuals planning to support people with diverse behavioral needs. Students learn through active responding role-play, practicum experiences, and peer presentations. Students complete one course at a time and class size is kept small. Courses include:

  • Treatment Evaluation
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Behavior Assessment

Most students can complete the program in about two years.

#4 -Bay Path University – Longmeadow, Massachusetts

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $23,787/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 86%
Points: 9
Bay Path University features a hybrid master’s in ABA with courses available on three different campuses. Bay Path offers three different program options in ABA including:

  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (48 credits)
  • EdS in Applied Behavior Analysis (51 credits)
  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis/Autism Spectrum Disorders (57 credits)

All programs prepare students to sit for the BCBA by completing the approved course sequence and 2,000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork. New students are admitted to the program each February and October.

#3 -Simmons University – Boston, Massachusetts

Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $21,726/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 6:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 85%
Points: 9
Simmons University offers both an MS and EdS program in applied behavior analysis. The program is designed for students who want to become BCBAs. The program is part-time and students attend class in the evening. This 42 credit hour ABA program is the only program in the region accredited by the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board or the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Students will complete coursework and 2,000 hours of supervised fieldwork. All students are mentored by BCBA supervisors who work closely with them to oversee their fieldwork experience and help them prepare for the BCBA exam.

#2 -Cambridge College – Boston, Massachusetts

Autism/Behavior Analyst Program (MEd)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $14,240/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 86%
Points: 10
Cambridge College offers a top ABA master’s program focused on helping individuals on the Autism spectrum. The program is divided into two parts, special education/autism courses and the approved ABA course sequence. On-campus courses are offered during the weekend and evenings to accommodate adult students. There is no GRE requirement for admission. Students can earn their degree in just two years. All students must hold active employment in the field with at least a year in an ABA treatment setting. This allows students to share their experience and network with their peers.

#1 -Salem State University – Salem, Massachusetts

Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $2,520/year in-state and $4,140/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 86%
Points: 10
Our top choice for a master’s in ABA in Massachusetts is offered by Salem State University. Students can tailor the program to meet their professional goals. Faculty are internationally renowned experts in the field. This 37.5 credit hour program includes coursework in:

  • Conceptual Issues in Behavior Analysis
  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior and Supervision in Behavior Analysis

Students have the unique opportunity to conduct experiments under the guidance and supervision of faculty. Most students can complete their degree in just two years, while working full-time. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in Massachusetts.