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Top 5 Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in Texas 2020

Earning a top master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis is a great career move for individuals who want to use behavioral laws to positively influence social significant behavior. Many ABA professionals work with individuals with a developmental disability and those on the autism spectrum. These positive behavioral improvements are critical for individuals to attend school, integrate into the community, perform well at work, or achieve overall success in whatever an individual aspires to do. Earning a master’s in ABA is the first step to earning certification as a Board Certified Applied Behavior Analyst. We created this ranking of the top 5 programs in Texas 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.

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

  • Less than 25% or N/A-1 point
  • 26% to 75%-3 points
  • Greater than 75%-5 points

#5 -Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas

Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,556/year in-state and $14,856/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 22:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 56%
Points: 7
The special education graduate program in autism and applied behavior analysis from Texas State University is a hands-on program teaching skills in both special education and ABA. Students receive hands-on training through the Clinic for Autism Research Evaluation and Support (CARES), earning part of the practicum hours required to sit for the BCBA exam. Most graduates go on to work in the field while 20% continue to doctoral study.

#4 -Baylor University – Waco, Texas

MSEd in Educational Psychology – ABA

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $30,888/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 93%
Points: 8
The MSEd in Educational Psychology offered through Baylor University features a concentration in ABA focused on helping individuals with developmental disabilities learn new skills and positive behaviors. Many students receive free tuition, monthly stipends, and professional experience working with children and individuals with developmental disabilities. Students can earn their degree in just 15 months. An MS in Educational Psychology is also available for students who are interested in research and plan to continue in doctoral study.

#3 -University of North Texas – Denton, Texas

Master’s in Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,450/year in-state and $12,820/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 25:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 82%
Points: 9
The top master’s in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas teaches students about ABA and the experimental analysis of behavior. Many faculty members have been recognized by the ABA and the National Council for Science and Technology. Research opportunities are available through organizations like the Behavior Analysis Resource Center and the Easter Seals North Texas Autism Treatment Program Research Group. The program is accredited by the ABAI and offers the approved course sequence students must complete to sit for the BCBA. Graduates are prepared to work in applied settings with:

  • children on the autism spectrum
  • individuals with developmental disabilities
  • animals
  • adult learners.

#2 -University of Texas at Austin – Austin, Texas

MEd or MA in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,742/year in-state and $22,564/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 96%
Points: 10
The University of Texas at Austin features a master’s degree focused on autism and developmental disabilities. Students can earn either their MEd or MA and complete the course sequence needed to sit for their BCBA exam. Students can complete the program in just one year of full-time study. The MEd has an applied emphasis while the MA degree is research focused and includes a thesis. ABA courses include:

  • Challenging Behavior and Developmental Disabilities
  • Advances in the Understanding and Treatment of Autism
  • Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

#1 -University of Houston Clear Lake – Houston, Texas

Behavior Analysis M.A.

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,596/year in-state and $16,866/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
% of First-Time Candidates Passing the BCBA Exam: 91%
Points: 10
Our top master’s in ABA in Texas is offered by the University of Houston Clear Lake. This comprehensive program emphasizes coursework, practical experience and research with the focus on serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Courses include:

  • Conceptual Issues in Behavior Analysis
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Conceptual Issues in Behavior Analysis

Students will be able to complete both practicum and research experiences across a variety of settings. This ABAI accredited program includes the approved course sequence needed by graduates to sit for the BCBA exam. Graduates are also prepared for doctoral study.

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