Behavior Analysis Practice, M.A.

Behavior Analysis Practice, M.A.

Get Your Master's in Behavior Analysis Practice Online

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence (VCS) SealFlorida Tech’s online Master’s in Behavior Analysis Practice (M.A.) offers students a high-quality educational experience, working with experts in the field, and flexible scheduling to accommodate busy professionals. The M.A. program requires students to complete 33 credits of coursework, including 21 credits in courses verified by the as meeting the for certification at the BCBA® level. Additional credits are designed to assess, build, and strengthen practical competencies in applications of behavior analysis.


  • 33 total credits of coursework
  • 100% online convenience for students
  • Graduate in as few as six semesters
  • Three easy enrollment periods each year (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Live weekly meetings with co-instructors
  • ABAI verified course sequence – Master’s/BCBA®/BCaBA®/(5th ed.)

Program Cost


  • $510 per credit hour for certificate courses within the master's program.
  • $970 per credit hour for master's courses within the master's program.
Semester 1 BEH5041: Introduction to Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis 3 $510/credit hr = $1,530
BEH5044: Ethics for Behavior Analysts 1 1 $510/credit hr = $510 
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
Semester 2 BEH5043: Measurement and Experimental Design in Behavior Analysis 3 $510/credit hr = $1530
BEH5047: Introduction to Assessment and Intervention 1 $510/credit hr = $510
BEH5061: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
Semester 3 BEH5048: Assessment & Behavior Change Procedures for Skill Acquisition & Performance Improvement 3 $510/credit hr = $1,530
BEH5050: Supervision & Management Fundamentals 1 $510/credit hr = $510
BEH5062: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis 1 $970/credit hr = $970  
Semester 4 BEH5049: Assessment & Behavior Change Procedures for Behavior Reduction 3 $510/credit hr = $1,530
BEH5045: Ethics for Behavior Analysts 2 1 $510/credit hr = $510
BEH5063: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
Restricted Elective 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
Semester 5 BEH5042: Conceptual Analysis of Behavior for ABA Practitioners 3 $510/credit hr = $1,530
BEH5051: Advanced Personnel Supervision & Management 1 $510/credit hr = $510
BEH5064: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis 1 $970/credit hr = $970  
Restricted Elective 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
Semester 6 BEH5040: Personalized System of Professional Improvement 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
BEH5065: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis 1 $970/credit hr = $970 
Final Program Exam  0  
Restricted Electives (three separate 1-credit courses) 3 $970/credit hr = $2,910 
BEH5046: Ethics For Behavior Analysts 3 1 $510/credit hr = $510
  Program Tuition Total: $22,350

The university's board of trustees has approved these tuition and fees for the academic year 2024–2025. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

These cost estimates below are not included in your bill but are expenses you may incur during your attendance. These estimates are also used to calculate your financial aid offer.

TypePer SemesterAnnual
Books and Supplies $600 $1,200
Federal Student Loan Fees (only incurred by borrowers) $83 $166
Personal Expenses $1,050 $2,100
Transportation $750 $1,500
Off-campus housing $3,970 $7,940
Off-campus food $3,200 $6,400

Students are subject to a Final Program/Doctoral Comprehensive Exam fee if a student is not registered for, at least, a 1 credit class during the same semester as the FPE.

Program Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education:

  • Spring (January)
  • Summer (May)
  • Fall (August)

Example Courses

  • Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis
  • Measurement and Experimental Design
  • Assessment and Intervention

ABAI-Verified Course Sequence

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified this program as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (VCS #51228) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Course Sequence Information
51228 BCBA (BACB®)

Content Areas and CoursesBACB Ethics Code and Code-Enforcement System; ProfessionalismPhilosophical UnderpinningsConcepts & PrinciplesPhilosophical Underpinnings; Concepts & Principles (BCaBA use only)Measurements, Data Display and Interpretation; Experimental DesignBehavior AssessmentBehavior-Change Procedures; Selecting and Implementing InterventionsPersonnel Supervision and ManagementStart Date:
First Time Offered
End Date:
Last Time Offered 
BCBA® (reference) 45 90    45 45 60 30    
BCaBA® (reference) 30     45 30 45 60 15    
BEH 5020           15     08/30/2021  
BEH5041      45           08/24/2020  
BEH5042   45             01/10/2022  
BEH5043         45        01/11/2021  
BEH5044 15               08/24/2019  
BEH5045 15               01/10/2020  
BEH5046 15               01/11/2021  
BEH5047           10 5   01/11/2021  
BEH5048           15 30   05/10/2021  
BEH5049           20 25   08/30/2021  
BEH5050               15 01/10/2021  
BEH5051               15 01/10/2022  

Program Mission

The mission of the M.A. Behavior Analysis Practice online degree program is to produce competent science-informed practitioners who are solidly grounded in basic principles derived from the experimental analysis of behavior, who approach problems in a conceptually systematic way tied to those basic principles, who will attain BCBA® certification, who adhere to best data-based and evidenced-based ABA practices, and who will continue to inform their practice with current research findings.

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  2. Get the Education Center Brochure

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Specializations and Applications

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) provides a scientific, systematic, and strategic approach to learning behavior and teaching. It is often implemented as an intensive therapeutic or educational practice and focuses on socially significant behavior. It is characterized by ongoing and systematic observation, data collection, and frequent evaluation of learner progress. ABA therapies primarily focus on building functional skills but also address replacing behaviors that interfere with the individual’s ability to learn or effectively function in their daily life. Practitioners of ABA currently work in various areas, including education, healthcare (including mental health), business management, sports, animal training, and other areas where learning and improved performance are goals. ABA has no “one size fits all” strategy; every challenge is different, every individual unique.

Flexible Schedules, Flexible Learning

The online format provides advantages through flexible scheduling and improved instructional standards, which include a combination of asynchronous and synchronous delivery. With new cohorts starting three times per year in January (spring), May (summer), and September (fall), students can begin a sequence at their convenience to fulfill degree and/or BCBA® requirements. The full M.A. program can be completed in as few as six semesters. Likewise, Florida Tech’s contemporary learning management systems allow course lectures to be accessed from a user’s computer or mobile device, as well as to facilitate student interaction and education on-the-go. Rest assured, our dedicated Student Services and technical support teams are also available via phone and email throughout the week for your needs.

Renowned Instructors and Community

Join your BCBA-certified co-instructor for a live meeting each week. Online meetings with co-instructors allow students to clarify content and get their questions answered in real-time. Students may also decide to engage with our burgeoning online community. Connect with peers and instructors through discussion boards and social media for a truly supportive student experience.

Florida Tech co-instructors go through a rigorous interview and training process and receive continuous feedback on their performance to ensure that they are providing top quality instruction and support to students. Each student has an assigned co-instructor from whom they can get an email response within 24 hours, and many co-instructors are well-known for going above and beyond the call of duty to support their students’ learning.

What makes Florida Tech stand out among other behavior analysis universities?

Designed for Student Success

With its intuitive user experience and comprehensive instructional framework, the ABA online program is designed to bolster students’ retention and sequenced to provide in-depth instruction to students about the concepts, principles, and procedures of applied behavior analysis. Each course serves as a foundation for the knowledge and skills required for BCBA® and BCaBA® examination. Because the Embedded Course Sequence is verified as meeting BACB® instructional requirements, students never have to worry about whether their coursework will count toward certification.

The BCBA®/BCaBA® Task List is organized in two major sections, Foundations, which includes basic skills and underlying principles and knowledge, and Applications, which includes more practice-oriented skills. LogoSection 1: Foundations

  • Philosophical Underpinnings
  • Concepts and Principles
  • Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation
  • Experimental Design

Section 2: Applications

  • Ethics (Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts)
  • Behavior Assessment
  • Behavior-Change Procedures
  • Selecting and Implementing Interventions
  • Personnel Supervision and Management

Graduate Outcomes

Over the years, Florida Tech ABA Online students have demonstrated consistent, high-ranking performance on BACB® certification exams. As we like to say, “there are no coincidences" regarding Florida Tech success metrics.


BCaBA® Exam Pass Rates20122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Florida Tech 69% 67% 71% 79% 74% 81% 81% 76% 74% 74.82% 81%
BACB® Average 57% 57% 62% 70% 65% 65% 62% 62% 66%  61%  49%
BCBA® Exam Pass Rates  20122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Florida Tech 70% 66% 68% 76% 71% 74% 78% 75% 76% 74.06% 77%
BACB® Average 58% 58% 60% 65% 66% 65% 65% 63% 66%  60%  55%

What can I do with a master's in behavior analysis practice?

Earn a Doctoral Degree

After receiving your master's in behavior analysis practice, you may consider applying for a doctorate in behavior analysis at Florida Tech. The behavior analysis graduate program at Florida Tech offers a Ph.D. for students looking to pursue further study in this discipline. Ph.D. graduates become behavior-analytic researchers, instructors, and practitioners. Florida Tech professors expect graduates of the behavior analysis doctorate program to approach the world from the perspective of a behaviorist; to continue to contribute to behavioral research; to inform their practice with current research findings; to obtain academic and professional positions; and to effectively manage other behavior analysts under their supervision.

Careers in Behavior Analysis

ABA practitioners know that certification is the key to job growth and security. There is a growing need for well-trained board-certified professionals in behavior analysis, in schools' early intervention programs, day programs, residential settings and home-based programs. Certification in behavior analysis will provide the opportunity to access a wide range of career options.

Behavior Analysis Career Fields

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst®
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Children and Family Services
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Behavior Researcher
  • ABA Training Coordinator
  • University/College Professor
  • Organizational Behavior Management Career
  • Registered Behavior Technician®
  • Clinical Director/Supervisor
  • Certified Autism Specialist (CAS)
  • Therapist School Interventionist
  • Life Coach
  • Animal Training and Care
  • Owner/Director of Child Care Center
  • Health Coach
  • Personal Health and Wellness Trainer
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Career Financial Behavior
  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Zoo Animal Trainer

Subspecialty Areas in Behavior Analysis

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Mental Health Disorders 
  • Gerontology
  • Forensics
  • Behavioral Gerontology
  • Behavioral Pediatrics 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Behavioral Medicine 
  • Sports
  • Life Coaching
  • Environment/Sustainability 
  • Parenting
  • Education/Special Education
  • Animal training
  • External/Internal Business Consultant
  • Training/Learning and Development 
  • Instructional Design
  • Continuous Improvement 
  • Organizational Development 
  • Human Resources  


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