Featuring online course work and in-person field experiences, the online Master of Science in Behavioral Psychology program from Pepperdine University provides you with a thorough understanding of how to use techniques based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) to improve behaviors of social significance with clients who have been diagnosed with autism or have other developmental disabilities.
Once you graduate and have completed 750 hours of fieldwork, you will be eligible to sit for the board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) exam. Passing results will enable you to practice as a BCBA and provide services to clients that will help them develop the adaptive skills they need for optimal functioning in educational, family, social, and occupational settings.
Online Master’s in Behavior Analysis at a Glance
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Curriculum and Approach
Our online ABA curriculum offers a course sequence verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and prepares you to sit for the BCBA exam.
Mentorship is a key component of the curriculum; Pepperdine faculty will teach you how to design programs for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and how to assess their skills. As a student, you will learn the principles and techniques of ABA and explore topics such as ethical conduct, psychopathology, and human development.
The online program can be completed on a full-time basis with the option of taking six or nine units per session. In addition to the BACB-verified courses, you will have the opportunity to take three of the following four elective courses:
PSY 622: Multicultural Counseling
PSY 657: Psychopathology
PSY 658: Individual, Couple, and Family Development: A Life Cycle Approach
PSY 668: Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents
If you completed these courses at the undergraduate level from a regionally accredited institution within the last seven years, you may be eligible to have up to six semester units, or two elective courses, waived. You must have earned a grade of “B” or better in each course. We will evaluate the transcripts you provide with your application for potential waivers.
Read course descriptions for the classes you will take in the online master’s in behavior analysis program.
Our dedicated placement team will work with you to find Pepperdine-approved placements, where you can observe and work alongside professional behavior analysts and gain experience working directly with clients.
After completing the online master’s in behavior analysis program and 750 hours of fieldwork, you will have met all academic requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. Once you pass the BCBA exam, you will become a certified practitioner who provides behavior analytic services. Visit the BACB website for an overview of the certification requirements.
Applied Behavior Analysis Career Opportunities
Certified analysts can work in a variety of professional settings, including therapeutic day schools, government entities, and hospitals. After earning your degree in behavior analysis, completing 750 hours of fieldwork, and passing the BCBA exam, you can pursue certification and employment in a variety of roles, such as:
Learn more about earning your master’s in behavior analysis online from Pepperdine University.
Mentorship is a key component of the curriculum; Pepperdine faculty will teach you how to design programs for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and how to assess their skills.