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MASTER OF SCIENCE – APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
The School of Behavior Analysis has three programs accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and all of the core course sequence are also approved by The Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc. ® (BACB ®). The BACB is the only credentialing organization for professionals within the discipline.
With a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Tech, Applied Behavior Analysts (ABAs) help to better the lives of children and adults struggling with behaviors ranging from difficulty with everyday social interactions to complex disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, substance abuse and many areas in between by applying a systematic scientific approach.
Through class discussions of case studies, involvement in research studies on perplexing human behavior, or applied work at the numerous internship sites in the area, students gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. Students earning a master's in applied behavior analysis learn from faculty who themselves are making a difference in the world, be it through their meaningful research, professional services, or community activities.
Respected Faculty – Close Knit Learning Environment
Students choosing to complete a master's in applied behavior analysis at Florida Tech are part of a program with more diversity of faculty than any other program of its kind in the world. Core professors are Board Certified Behavior Analysts, with many published authors and experts on different facets of applied behavior analysis. Working alongside professors who provide one-on-one attention during research and client interaction, students earn visibility as a research professional and colleague able to study and work in the field.
Several faculty members conduct ongoing research at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, located on Florida Tech's campus. This world-renowned facility is dedicated to working with children who have autism and other behavioral disorders. Under the guidance of their professor, students working towards their master's in applied behavior analysis can work with children and their families to provide assessment, training and behavior therapy.
Florida Tech's dedication to research and state-of-the-art facilities creates the perfect environment for students earning a master's in applied behavior analysis. Not only are students provided extensive research opportunities as part of their program, but they are also given an opportunity to develop a portfolio of published work through organizations and research centers located both on and off campus. Florida Tech students have published research in respected ABA journals.
Flexible Schedule and Campus Locations
Individuals seeking a master's in applied behavior analysis can choose to attend Florida Tech's main campus, or attend class at the Orlando Graduate Center, located in the Baldwin Park area of Orlando. The program offers daytime, evening and weekend class schedules and offers close proximity to a thriving medical community, including hospitals and clinics that provide internships and applied learning opportunities for students.
Diverse Career Options
Though applied behavior analysts are often best known for advances in autism treatment and support, graduates with a master's in applied behavior analysis also find work in a wide variety of fields working as consultants, independent contractors and as Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBAs) professionals.
Graduates with a master's in applied behavior analysis can also pursue further study in the discipline by choosing to obtain a Ph.D. Florida Tech Ph.D. students receive significant assistantships from The Scott Center for Autism Treatment that cover the majority of their academic costs.