Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online

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Cost per Credit
1.5 years
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Online Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Overview

It’s time to earn your master's in ABA. Prepare to help clients with diverse behavior disorders improve their lives and better engage with the world.

  • Get practical, hands-on experience. Complete an optional fieldwork experience at your workplace or with one of our 435 partners nationwide. In addition, courses emphasize real-world scenarios and skills.
  • Gain expertise in assessment, intervention, psychological and behavioral theories and concepts, and evidence-based practice strategies, and master the legal, ethical, individual, cultural, and social aspects of ABA.
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Learning Resources

Get the support you need through the graduate resource center and ABA student site. You’ll also have access to CBA learning modules to help you prepare for the BCBA exam.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

ABAI Verified Course Sequence

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For the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination (via Pathway 2). Applicants will need to meet additional Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) eligibility requirements, including evidence of residency in an authorized country, before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

  • PS507: Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • PS558: Behaviorism and Philosophical Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PS560: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PS561: Concepts of Measurement and Experimental Designs
  • PS562: Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PS563: Implementing Procedures for Behavior Change
  • PS564: Clinical Applications, Supervision, and Management

Note: Please refer to the BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements ( Additional information is also located on Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum includes learning modules to help you prepare for the BCBA certification exam. The degree program culminates with a capstone experience and BCBA certification practice exam.

Sample Courses

  • Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Implementing Procedures for Behavioral Change
  • Clinical Applications, Supervision, and Management
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Financial Aid

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Grants and Loans

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Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

Overall employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health professionals in the U.S. is expected grow 18% from 2022 to 2032—much faster than average. According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the demand for board-certified behavior analysts increased 23% from 2021 to 2022.

With a master’s in applied behavior analysis, you can advance your career as a clinician who assists clients with a range of behavioral disorders or as a supervisor who oversees assistant behavior analysts, registered behavior technicians, and other behavior analysis professionals.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation. It is important to note that, while earning a master’s degree in psychology may qualify you to work in the helping professions, a doctorate degree is required to become a psychologist and a medical degree is required to become a psychiatrist.

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

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Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

ABAI®: Association for Behavior Analysis International® and ABA International® are registered trademarks of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

BCBA®: Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a registered trademark of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®.

Certification and Licensure: Refer to Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information. Visit the BACB website ( for full eligibility requirements. The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs. Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Job Growth and Demand: Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Behavior Analyst Certification Board, U.S. Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.