Program Summary > Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a discipline that uses scientific principles of learning and motivation to solve socially meaningful problems. ABA research and practice has successfully addressed a wide variety of applied problems, including behavioral disorders, performance management in organizations, performance in competitive sports, and developmental disabilities. The best-known application of ABA is in the assessment and treatment of people with autism spectrum disorders. ABA-based treatments are now widely recognized as the gold standard for helping children and adults with autism develop skills in all areas of development and live happier, more independent lives.

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program is a cutting-edge curriculum. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the courses in this program against the course requirements for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® exam. Program courses are based on a foundation of classic research and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) readings, but incorporate the latest research findings, so students receive the most up-to-date training available anywhere. .

In addition to didactic classes, students take hands-on classes that provide real-world experience and training. Internship assignments develop essential skills that students will immediately put into practice in real-life work experiences. Students simultaneously learn from real-life examples of content learned in the classroom, while gaining the professional skills necessary to succeed as a professional clinician. The Master of Science in ABA program has been specifically designed to bridge the gap between science and practice by transforming students into true scientist-practitioners, thereby equipping them to become future leaders in the field of ABA.

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