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Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Arts


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 21
Cost Per Credit: $653
University of Arizona College of Education

College of Education

Program Details

Interested in working with people who need assistance to improve their communication, social and adaptive skills? This program will prepare you to provide evidence-based services in applied behavior analysis in clinical, school, and home settings.

You will also have the opportunity to complete an original applied project in your area of interest within behavior analysis. Projects are supervised by individual faculty and are conducted in lieu of a master’s thesis.

Program coursework has been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and includes all 7 courses required to take the Board Certification Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. The program also fulfills the master’s degree requirement for the exam.

You may choose to complete the degree in 6 semesters or 24 months.

Please contact Rebecca Hartzell, Ph.D, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Special Education Program hartzell@arizona.edu with questions about the program.

Students will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Core Coursework of the Master of Arts in Special Education is 36 Units. Students in the Applied Behavior Analysis program must complete these 12 3-unit courses.

SERP 500: Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation
SERP 502: Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention
SERP 503: Special Services in the Schools
SERP 504: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners
SERP 529A: Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I
SERP 529B: Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II
SERP 552: Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
SERP 553: Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
SERP 555: Applied Behavior Analysis: Personnel Supervision and Management
SERP 556: Research Methods in Education
SERP 590: Single Subject Research Design
SERP 909: Master’s Project