Applied Behavior Analysis

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Our Master's of Science in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a 39-credit-hour program with curriculum that will prepare you for employment and advancement within various schools, communities and clinic settings. You will be prepared to work with individuals with diverse academic and behavioral needs. Our curriculum is designed around the Verified Course Sequence (VCS) through ABAI and has been developed to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) Examination. This verified course sequence equips students with the academic requirements to take the exam and is pre-approved coursework through ABAI. Additional fieldwork and passing of the exam are also the minimal requirements for becoming fully certified as a BCBA®.

Also, in our program you will learn to conduct functional behavioral assessments, functional analyses design, conduct behavior analytic interventions and implement assessments and interventions for persons with or without disabilities. An emphasis on the use of compassionate care in ABA-based treatment and trauma-informed practices is a core framework for all courses in the series. As a graduate of this program, you may apply for the Behavior Specialist License offered by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine.


  • This program does not meet the requirements for CBP/HD Special Education teaching certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • The Pennsylvania Board of Education may have additional requirements for the Behavior Specialist License.

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Since its inception in 1964, the philosophy of Duquesne University's Special Education program has been one that acknowledges the dignity and uniqueness of each individual. Our mission is to prepare skilled educators who will maximize the potential for achieving a meaningful quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

dThe Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

BCBA® Verified Course Sequence

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Our M.S.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) curriculum will prepare you for advancement within various schools, communities and clinic settings. Our program provides the coursework component for eligibility to take the BCBA® Examination.  Additional requirements including but not limited to, field supervision is required before sitting for the BCBA® exam and not provided by our program. Our coursework also meets some of the criteria for partial fulfillment in order to apply for the Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) certification offered by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine however, the coursework may not meet all of the requirements for the certificate.



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Educational Foundations and Leadership


2 years

Required Credit Hours


Fully online courses coming soon!

Fully online and asynchronous courses for our M.S.Ed. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program are anticipated starting Fall 2024.

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