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.
Program of Study
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 CurriculumABA 701 - The History of Behavior AnalysisABA 705 - Behaviorism and Philosophy of ScienceABA 710 - Conditioning and LearningABA 715 - Verbal Behavior and the Science of Human BehaviorABA 720 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Behavior AnalysisABA 730 - Research Methods and Applied Behavior AnalysisABA 735 - Advanced Seminar in ABA ResearchABA 740 - Analysis & Intervention in Developmental DisabilitiesABA 745 - Experimental Design & AnalysisABA 751 - Research in Social Skills TrainingABA 754 - Behavioral Research on Complex Skill AcquisitionABA 760 - Technology of Teaching SeminarABA 758 - Bridging the Gap: The Scientist-Practitioner ModelABA 855 - College Teaching PracticumABA 865 - Research Tool DemonstrationABA 870 - Research ProjectABA 886 - Qualifying ExaminationsABA 891 - Doctoral Dissertation IABA 893 - Doctoral Dissertation II
Total Degree Requirements - 60 credits
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