Applied Behavior Analysis Program (Ph.D.)

  • Program Overview

    Become a leader in the field of applied behavior analysis.

    The Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis is a research-based program preparing you to teach at the university level or work as a scientist-practitioner involving business/industry, developmental disabilities (including autism), education, and public policy.

    Applied behavior analysis is devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior by:

    • Objectively defining and measuring the behavior under question, while
    • Demonstrating a reliable relationship between the procedures employed and the behavioral improvements gained, by
    • Utilizing methods of science, including description, quantification, and analysis.

    The Ph.D. program will be offered simultaneously in both classroom-based as well as a synchronous online format, affording students living outside of the Greater Boston area the opportunity to complete the program from their home countries without the need to relocate.

    Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis or the equivalent. It is recommended that applicants be a licensed behavior analyst or an active BCBA certificant of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Review doctoral program admission requirements here.

  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will: 

    • Organizes the knowledge, principles, and skills of Applied Behavior Analysis in the conduct of problem-oriented research
    • Formulate research questions that are in keeping with a problem-oriented model
    • Design problem-oriented research projects to provide evidence-based solutions to socially significant problems
    • Demonstrate skill in planning curriculum and instruction, delivering effective instruction, managing classroom climate, promoting equality and meeting professional standards
    • Analyze and compare previous research solutions to topics within the scope of Applied Behavior Analysis

    Required Curriculum

    ABA 701 - The History of Behavior Analysis
    ABA 705 - Behaviorism and Philosophy of Science
    ABA 710 - Conditioning and Learning
    ABA 715 - Verbal Behavior and the Science of Human Behavior
    ABA 720 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
    ABA 730 - Research Methods and Applied Behavior Analysis
    ABA 735 - Advanced Seminar in ABA Research
    ABA 740 - Analysis & Intervention in Developmental Disabilities
    ABA 745 - Experimental Design & Analysis
    ABA 751 - Research in Social Skills Training
    ABA 754 - Behavioral Research on Complex Skill Acquisition
    ABA 760 - Technology of Teaching Seminar
    ABA 758 - Bridging the Gap: The Scientist-Practitioner Model
    ABA 855 - College Teaching Practicum
    ABA 865 - Research Tool Demonstration
    ABA 870 - Research Project
    ABA 886 - Qualifying Examinations
    ABA 891 - Doctoral Dissertation I
    ABA 893 - Doctoral Dissertation II

    Total Degree Requirements - 60 credits

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    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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