Carly Shappard

"I enjoy watching the progress of the clients when they start doing things independently."
 —Carly Sheppard, ABA therapist and graduate of the Ball State master's in applied behavior analysis. Read her story.

Admissions Criteria

To be admitted to the master of arts in applied behavior analysis (ABA) program, you must meet the following requirements of the Ball State Graduate School:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional accrediting association.
  2. Have ONE of the following:
    1. An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (all undergraduate coursework, including work completed prior to the baccalaureate degree, is used to calculate the GPA).
    2. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of your bachelor’s degree program
  3. Students who do not meet the conditions listed above may be eligible for probationary admission, provided that they have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and have attained a score on a nationally normed admissions exam that is satisfactory to the admitting academic program and the graduate dean. Students admitted on a probationary status must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in 9 semester credits of graduate work approved in advance by the chairperson of the major department and the graduate dean. Upon the successful completion of these requirements, a student admitted under probationary status will be eligible to assume regular graduate student status.

How to Apply 

Fill out the online application from the Ball State Graduate School. NOTE: We do not require letters of recommendation or any separate application materials for the master’s in ABA.

Application Deadlines

The ABA master's degree program has three application deadlines:

  • Summer semester: April 15
  • Fall semester: July 10
  • Spring semester: November 15

Summer semester courses are available. All autism and ABA courses are offered every semester, offering you tremendous flexibility in scheduling courses around your busy life.

Transfer Credits

You may transfer up to 9 graduate credits to the ABA master’s degree. Since this program requires a specific set of courses, transfer credits will only be accepted from other programs that have approved courses from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Contact ABA advisor Bonnie Krupa if you have questions about course equivalency.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. Certain conditions may apply depending on what regulations your state has and what degree you are seeking. Learn more about state authorization for non-Indiana students.

International Students

This academic program is offered only in an online format. If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor and U.S. laws and policies. 

If you’re an international student, in addition to the admission requirements listed above, you will need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.