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University of Dayton Master of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) online

Support individuals with behavioral problems and their families by equipping them with effective strategies to grow and thrive. Earn a master’s in ABA from Dayton University’s School of Education and Health Sciences.

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About the program

  • Multiple tracks available: Reach your career goals. Choose between the Supervised Fieldwork Track, the Independent Fieldwork Track, the Educator Fieldwork Track, or the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Fieldwork practicum: Build real-world skills. Gain up to 1,500 hours of hands-on applied behavior analysis experience, based on your chosen program track.
  • Two paths: Fit studying into your schedule. Complete your chosen track part time or full time, depending on your personal and professional commitments.

About the School of Education and Health Sciences

The University of Dayton was founded more than 170 years ago. Its strong Marianist tradition emphasizes educating the whole person, linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service. Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences develops professionals who connect integrity with innovation and go on to have successful, meaningful careers. Its commitment to educator preparation means that learners have countless opportunities to gain knowledge through a combination of community and experiential learning.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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The online Master of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences teaches learners how to identify, implement, and assess the need for intervention in individuals and groups. The immersive curriculum offers learners the academic preparation and fieldwork experience required of them ahead of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Throughout the program, learners can engage with:

  • Integrated CBA Learning Modules: The online ABA program integrates the CBA Learning Module Series by Behavior Development Solutions (BDS), which includes access to the CBA learning management system and practice tests to prepare for the BCBA exam. BDS has a money-back guarantee policy for learners who do not pass.
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Behavior analysts should be able to work in collaborative learning environments and have a passion for driving positive change. A background in psychology, human services, or counseling is preferred, but not required.  There are three general class start-dates — in January, May, and September — but the Educator Fieldwork Track is only offered each September. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

  • Résumé and personal statement

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Application fee

Fieldwork experience


Every program track available in the online master’s in applied behavior analysis includes hands-on and field-based experiences in or near the learner’s community. These are crucial opportunities for practicing skills learned in class, receiving feedback, and relating practice to theory. 

The practical applied behavior analysis experience is also a chance to learn directly from board-certified supervisors and mentors at approved placement sites. Depending on the track chosen, learners can complete the full 1,500 fieldwork hours, required by the BCBA certification process, during the program; or they can complete 600 hours during the program and the remaining 900 hours independently at an approved field-placement site.

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