MA in Educational Psychology - ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is using the science of behavior to make meaningful impacts on people’s lives. The Baylor University Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Psychology with Concentration in ABA program emphasizes how to implement ABA-based interventions to teach people with disabilities new skills and reduce problem behavior. Students will be prepared to work with a wide range of individuals with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disability. In addition to clinical skills, students will gain experience conducting ABA research.

The MA in Educational Psychology with Concentration in ABA program

  • prepares students to use evidence-based interventions to help children with developmental disabilities, such as autism.
  • combines traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences with children at Baylor CARE within the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD).
  • offers students graduate assistantships with local ABA providers. Students get hands-on ABA experience in the community, while also receiving tuition benefits!
  • offers students the opportunity to get involved in applied research at Baylor CARE.
  • prepares graduates to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam.
  • teaches students, through the thesis experience, initial skills in ABA research to prepare them for completing a PhD and pursuing a future research career.
Degree Information

The MA in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in ABA is a residential program requiring 30 hours of graduate coursework, including a master’s thesis. The program begins in June and students typically graduate in 18-24 months. 

Click to review the Recommended Course Sequence.

Why Choose Baylor's ABA Program?
  • Excellent funding opportunities provide free tuition, monthly stipend, and professional experience.
  • Students receive supervised field experience working with children with developmental disabilities at Baylor CARE and BCDD.
  • MA program (including thesis) can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years.
Verified Course Sequence Pass Rates:

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) publishes pass-rate information for all institutions with verified course sequence (VCS). To review the VCS pass rates, click HERE. Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Degree Options:

The Baylor University Department of Educational Psychology offers two master’s degree programs for students interested in pursuing studies in ABA:

The MA in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in ABA is ideally suited for students who will work want to work as researchers or professors in the field of ABA. Graduates from this program typically pursue doctoral degrees in education, psychology, or related fields.

The MSEd in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in ABA is ideally suited for students who will work want to work as practitioners in the field of ABA. Graduates from this program typically work in clinics, schools, and community programs serving children with developmental disabilities.

Contact Information:

For more information about the M.A. in Educational Psychology with Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, contact Dr. Stephanie Gerow.

Stephanie Gerow, PhD, BCBA-D
Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration Coordinator
Stephanie_Gerow@baylor.edu