Master of Science in ABA through WNE 

Western New England University and The New England Center for Children collaborate to offer a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Developed in response to the increasing demand for teachers and practitioners trained in best practices for the education and treatment of individuals with autism and related disabilities, the masters in Applied Behavior Analysis will give working professionals the skills to fill this void.  This program is a three-year, 36 credit master's degree.  Fifteen of the credit hours are dedicated to the core coursework designed to meet the BACB requirements required for students to be eligible to sit for the BCBA exam.  Courses are offered in three, eleven-week terms (fall, winter, and spring). Students are expected to enroll in four credit hours each term to stay on pace to complete the master's program in three years.  All masters' students are assigned a doctoral-level, board certified behavior analyst as advisors upon admission to the program.  Advisors will work collaboratively on the students' professional development throughout the three years of the program.

Program Requirements

15 course credit hours to meet BACB requirements

  • 9 elective course credit hours
  • 9 practicum course credit hours
  • 3 thesis course credit hours
  • Each term students enroll in one three-credit academic course and one one-credit practicum course
  • Oral thesis defense
  • Written thesis

Admissions Guidelines/Criteria

Overall bachelors GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

  • A combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 is required on the Graduate Record Exams for full admission to the program
  • Three letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference
  • Current curriculum vitae/resumé
  • Personal statement
  • $30 non-refundable application fee

Admissions Process

Early admission deadline for September enrollment - February 1

  • After February 1, applications are reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis
  • Completed application materials will be reviewed by doctoral-level mentors and an admissions recommendation will be made
  • Application to the master's program is available on WNE website.
  • Interested in participating in this program free of charge? See the Graduate Assistant Program.