M.S.Ed. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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Develop Advanced Training to Make an Impact in the Classroom or Community.

Program Info

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. The Master's of Science in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a 30 credit-hour program with curriculum that will prepare graduates for employment and advancement within various community agencies and school settings. Candidates will develop skills and competencies appropriate to positions of direct care, health maintenance, advocacy, intensive case management, or independent support coordination. The curriculum in this program will build a solid foundation in ABA that can be applied when working as a behavior analyst. Graduates of this program may apply for the Behavior Specialist License offered by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine.

Students pursuing this degree may also complete the Verified Course Sequence for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by taking additional coursework. Students pursuing the BCBA credential are required to complete an external supervised practicum experience as required by the board.

Note: This program does not meet the requirements for CBP/HD Special Education teaching certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Note: The Pennsylvania Board of Education may have additional requirements for the Behavior Specialist License.

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Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA*
  • For admission to this graduate program in Special Education meet the minimum GPA requirement (3.0) for their previous coursework as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), although some exceptions may apply.

*Applicants are customarily expected to have a 3.0 grade point average, based on a four-point scale, in their undergraduate work. However, exceptions may be granted on a limited basis, in which there is substantial additional evidence of a student's academic competency.

Application Materials

  • Duquesne University Online Application
  • A statement of purpose demonstrating the applicant's Professionalism and Ethics, commitment to Academic Excellence, and commitment to Collaboration and Diversity. For the statement of purpose, the applicant should answer a set of questions framed around these themes.
  • Official Transcripts
    • If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

Mail application materials to:

School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
Duquesne University
214 Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282



Admission Process

All students will need to obtain the following clearances during their first semester of attendance:

  • Act 33 - Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Act 34 - Criminal Record Check
  • Act 114 - FBI Clearance
  • Act 126 - Mandated Reporter Training
  • TB test

International Applicants

Duquesne University requires submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English speaking applicants who attended a university outside of the United States.

Score Requirements
The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission. TOEFL: a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test IELTS: a minimum of 6.5 with no sub-score less than those listed for each area.

Minimum required subscores:


Reading 17 6.5
Writing 17 5.5
Speaking 17 5.5
Listening 17 6.0

Additionally, the English as a Second Language program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in their chosen degree program

Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

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Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

In addition to graduate tuition rates, students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, The School of Education offers financial assistance in many forms including:

  • University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive application
  • Current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses pursuing a non-doctoral degree or certificate in the School of Education may be eligible to receive a 60% tuition award. This Lay Teacher award does not apply to the doctoral programs. Only one Duquesne University degree may be earned under this reduced tuition program. The Catholic School Lay Teacher & Administrator Award Form details information pertaining to this award.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.

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Bridget Green

Bridget Green, Ed.D.

Program Director of Special Education
Assistant Professor
Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology

412 C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1852
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Bridget Green (Ed.D., Special Education with a foundation in neuroscience, George Washington University, 2013) is an assistant professor of Special Education in the Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology and the advisor for Kappa Delta Epsilon. Her research focuses on understanding the needs of students who have disabilities transitioning into college and employment, transition assessment, and developing best practices to ensure students with and without disabilities have access to meaningful career-based assessments in the general education classroom.  Other interests include disability rights, accessibility for all, and self-advocacy for the disability community.

Ann Huang

Ann Huang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology

110B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1599
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Ann Huang (Ph.D., Applied Behavioral Analysis, Tennessee Technological University, 2007) research interests are mainly focused on assessments, education, and interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities, especially transition-aged adolescents with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger syndrome and Reading Disability. In addition to teaching both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses as well as chairing doctoral students’ dissertations, Dr. Huang also publishes in top-tier journals that have high impact factors and presents at both international and national professional conferences. Dr. Huang was also awarded more than 10 grants to support her research projects/activities. She is also serving as the associate editor for two top-tier journals in the world.

Reva Mathieu-Sher

Mathieu-Sher, Reva

Assistant Professor
Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology

103A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4036
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Dr. Reva Mathieu-Sher is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology. She completed her doctoral training at the University of New England with a focus on Educational Leadership. Dr. Mathieu-Sher also holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine with a focus on high-incidence disabilities as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Further, she has completed extensive coursework and supervised fieldwork in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Before coming to Duquesne, Dr. Mathieu-Sher worked at Clarion University as an adjunct professor in the special education department teaching courses focused on foundations of special education, specific learning disability, emotional disturbance and methods for high-incidence disabilities. In addition, Dr. Mathieu-Sher supervised pre-service field placements, special education student teaching placements as well as reading interventionalists. Originally from Maine, Dr. Mathieu-Sher formerly worked as a school superintendent, principal, special education director and a special education teacher for student's Pre-K-12th grade. She currently holds active Maine State educational licensures in each of those positions. She also previously practiced as a BCaBA from 2014-2019. Currently Dr. Mathieu-Sher teaches courses in foundations of special education, high-incidence behavior, special education assessment, multi-tiered systems of support and also serves as the field coordinator for the departments special education field experiences and practicum placements at Duquesne. Dr. Mathieu-Sher's research and teaching areas encompass dual interests in the area of special education and leadership. Her research attempts to understand how to best support teachers and administrators working with challenging student populations, specifically those who have been diagnosed with ASD and EBD that also engage in challenging and sometimes dangerous behavior. She also has interests related to ethical and compassionate ABA treatment practices, as well as reading interventions for students with ASD. Dr. Mathieu-Sher serves as a faculty advisor for the Counsel for Exceptional Children's Student Club.

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