|Graduate Program Head||Holly Angelique|
|Degrees Conferred||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|The Graduate Faculty|
The program, offered at Penn State Harrisburg, helps master's level graduates prepare to function in community settings as applied behavior analysts, and to provide the academic training necessary for graduates to apply for national board certification in behavior analysis. The overall model emphasizes the core areas of the discipline including the scientific basis of behavior analysis, as well as how biological, social, and individual differences affect human behavior. Training will emphasize the development of both assessment and intervention skills.
The program helps prepare graduates to work in hospitals, medical schools, mental health centers, health maintenance organizations, a wide variety of educational settings, forensic settings, research facilities, and in center- and home-based programs for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.
The program is intended for both part- and full-time students. Courses will be scheduled for fall and spring semesters. Admission is in the fall and spring semesters only.
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards.
Students will be admitted on a competitive basis and must submit the following:
- a completed Graduate School online application and payment of the application fee
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- three letters of recommendation
- a brief (two-page) interest statement
Applicants must have at least 18 credits in education, psychology, or related disciplines with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above in the last 60 credits. Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations are required in the verbal, quantitative, and analytic portions. A personal interview may be required.
The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. See GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Requirements.
Requirements for the M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis include 30 credits in required course work, including the master's project paper, supervised internship experience, and 6 elective credits for a total of 36 credits.
ABA Core Courses (to be offered annually) are required for all students in the program.
|ABA 500||Science and Foundations of Behavior||3|
|ABA 511||Behavioral Assessment and Treatment||3|
|ABA 522||Behavioral Research Methods||3|
|ABA 533||Applied Analysis of Behavior||3|
|ABA 577||Case Conceptualization and Development||3|
|ABA 588||Ethics and Legal Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|Select six credits of the following:||6|
|Behavioral Intervention in Autism|
|Treatment and Education in Developmental Disabilities|
|ABA 594A||RESEARCH TOPICS 1||3|
The culminating project in ABA 594A requires the completion of a master's project (e.g., research manuscript, training manual, literature review manuscript, or publication). The type and scope of the project is agreed upon by the student's research chair.
Credits earned at other institutions but not used to earn a degree may be applied toward the requirements for a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. The ABA program cannot guarantee approval by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board of courses taken at other institutions, even those institutions that also have BACB University Approved Coursework.
Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Graduate Program Head: Holly Angelique
Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Jonathan Ivy
Primary Program Contact: Mary Ann Sim
Mailing Address: Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-489
Telephone: (717) 948-6034
Program Website: Applied Behavior Analysis