Create Positive Change

The online Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.Ed.-ABA) from St. Edward’s University will help you make a difference in the lives of people with autism or other disabilities by building a positive learning environment between teachers, parents, and children. Our program will also prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) in as little as 21 months.


Program Format:


Credit Hours:


Transfer Credit:

Up to 9

Estimated Completion Time:

21 Months


Certificate -ABA

Program Format:


Credit Hours:


Transfer Credit:

Up to 9

Estimated Completion Time:

14 Months

Prepare for the
Board Certified Behavior
Analyst Exam

You will be uniquely prepared to take the BCBA Examination*, as our M.Ed. program’s curriculum is aligned with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s standards.

Unique Online
Student Experience

Small class sizes, dynamic online learning technologies, and innovative course design create an engaging graduate school experience. You also have the support of your faculty supervisor as they guide you through your Practicum.

Accelerated, Fully
Online Format

Our online program was designed for working professionals like you. In just 21 months, you can earn your M.Ed. while working full time. The flexible format allows you to complete your coursework at your convenience.

Inspiring, In-Demand
Career Path

The rising diagnosis rate for children with autism has led to a demand for specially trained professionals. With your advanced degree, you will gain skills for career opportunities in schools and organizations that serve students with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Learning Outcomes

In the online Applied Behavior Analysis program, you will gain:

  • A deep understanding of applied concepts and principles of behavior analysis.
  • Practical research methods, including measurement principles, data analysis, and experimental design.
  • Capacity to conceptualize, analyze, and implement effective applied behavior analysis programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of the theoretical foundations of ethical and professional conduct.

Program Curriculum and Courses

The online M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 30-credit hour program that you can complete in 21 months while working full-time. Courses are offered in a 7-week accelerated online format and taken one at a time. The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence* culminates with experience courses Practicum I: Seminar Course and Practicum II: Supervised Clinical Experience.

Courses are a blend of live online sessions and asynchronous coursework, providing flexibility to students while still allowing them to get to know their classmates and grow their professional networks. All courses are taught by St. Edward’s University’s world class faculty who are committed to your success.

The 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.

  • Semester 1 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • Semester 1 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis II
  • Semester 2 Ethical Issues and Professional Standards in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Semester 2 Behavior Research Methods
  • Semester 3 Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Semester 3 Development of Applied Behavioral Analysis Intervention Programs
  • Semester 4 Organizational Behavior Management
  • Semester 4 Foundations of Child Development and Childhood Development Disorders and Disabilities
  • Semester 5 Practicum I: Seminar Course
  • Semester 5 Practicum II: Supervised Clinical Experience


Applicants for the M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or appropriate international equivalent).

The GMAT, GRE and/or other standardized admissions tests are not required. However, foreign applicants may be required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate English language proficiency needed to successfully complete the program.

Supplementary materials for the application include your current resume, personal statement expressing your interest and goals for the program and transcripts from all institutions previously attended.