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Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an Emphasis in Autism


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Carly Shappard
"I enjoy watching the progress of the clients when they start doing things independently.”Carly Shappard, ABA therapist and a graduate of the Ball State master’s in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism. Read her story.

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Our course sequence has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. Learn more.


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Needed: Human service professionals to fill a national shortage

If you’d like to be out on the frontier of a field facing a national shortage, where school children and adults struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities, and where the rewards are both personal and financial, it’s time to explore Ball State’s master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA). 

Whether as a teacher, psychologist, ABA therapist, or other human service professional, you’ll find opportunities in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral centers, and residential facilities where you’ll help clients improve language, motor, social, and reasoning skills. Doors to corporations and industrial settings are now opening where applied behavior analysts teach job skills and promote work performance.

Why Ball State’s MA in ABA?

  • Our 30-credit-hour program is offered completely online. Students can elect to pursue an accelerated track and complete their degree in 18 months. 

  • Our ABA degree is housed within Ball State’s Teachers College, which holds numerous national rankings and recognitions.
  • Ball State is accredited by the National Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCATE), the Higher Learning Commission, and Indiana Teacher Training and Licensing Commission.
  • Our program works for those from a variety of educational backgrounds, including psychology, criminal justice, social work, education and other areas.  
  • We were the first in the state of Indiana to offer the master’s in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism. 

Certificate and License Options

If you're still undecided about the master's degree, another option to consider is one of our graduate certificates in a specialized special education area. Or, our license areas can help you earn an add-on license to your initial licensure. Graduate certificates and licenses can also be pursued independently of a master’s degree as a way of specializing in a specific classroom area. With the right combination of our graduate certificate and license options, you can essentially build your own master’s degree. 

Mode of Delivery

This program is offered completely online.

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David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: SUMMER HOURS through August 12: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday
Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
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