About the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Troy University prepares you
to make positive differences in people’s lives through meaningful behavior change.
Filling a Need
High employment growth is predicted for behavior analysts over the next decade at the state, regional, and national levels (Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 2020; Burning Glass, 2017), with many master's-level behavior analysts earning $65,000-$75,000 per year (Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, 2015).
This employment growth is spurred, in part, by licensure laws like the one in Alabama that require many health insurance plans to cover assessment and intervention services provided to children with autism spectrum disorder by licensed behavior analysts. Presently, there is a shortage in the number of licensed behavior analysts that are needed to provide these services.
TROY’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis follows a scientist-practitioner model. The program provides students with a complete educational and clinical experience grounded in the philosophy, science, and application of behavior analysis. The curriculum, taught by skilled and knowledgeable faculty, includes coursework in basic and applied research and considers learning principles that influence behavior in laboratory and natural settings.
In addition to coursework, students complete a minimum of 1,500 Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork hours in which their research and clinical technique are regularly supervised by faculty and community Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) through one-on-one and small-group supervision.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from TROY meet all criteria (degree, coursework, and fieldwork) to take the BCBA examination. The BCBA credential is required for independent practice and behavior analysis licensure in Alabama and most other states.
The Road Ahead
Behavior-analytic interventions have proven useful in teaching new behavior (e.g.,
academic, social, and daily living skills) and ameliorating challenging behavior (e.g.,
tantrums and self-injury). As a BCBA and Alabama Licensed Behavior Analyst (see state
regulatory board websites for information on other states), you will be qualified
for private practice or employment as a clinician at many agencies, hospitals, clinics,
and in classrooms that serve people diagnosed with developmental disabilities (e.g.,
autism spectrum disorder) and other clinical disorders (e.g., oppositional-defiant
disorder). Additionally, many BCBAs provide behavior-management training for parents
and other caregivers. Graduates who complete the thesis track will also be well prepared
to pursue doctoral education in behavior analysis and related disciplines.
Application Deadline & Admissions Decisions
Applications for Term 1, 2021 are due by January 15th, 2021.
The admissions committee will review applications upon receipt of materials (see Admission Requirements that start on pg. 126 of Academic Catalog). Applicants will be notified via email of an admissions decision immediately after one has been reached. If you have questions about your application status, please contact Erich Grommet, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA (behavior analysis coordinator) at email@example.com or (516) 647-1517 (call or text).