Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis

Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis
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ABAI VCS CertificationThe Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of Cincinnati Online is focused on the principles of human behavior and helping to build positive social skills while improving the lives of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and more. The program provides a foundation in applied behavior analysis, education, and psychology for use in education, agency, and other settings. Our program provides the specific Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified course sequence required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and prepares you for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam when supervision requirements are also met.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), is the scientific study of the principles of learning and behavior. Behavioral analysis relies upon the best available scientific knowledge to describe, understand, predict, and change behavior.

Our Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis program focuses on providing students with the core skills to serve individuals with behavioral and learning challenges across multiple settings including clinics, schools, residential facilities, and in-home by providing students with strategies to support the needs and increase the level of independent functioning of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Students earning their ABA masters learn to guide and teach individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, cognitive impairment, anxiety, mood disorders, eating and feeding disorders, and substance abuse. These same approaches are also used for goals such as increasing student accuracy on academic tasks, managing children’s behavior at home, and increasing work productivity.

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Why the University of Cincinnati Online?

Flexible ABA Program

We understand how busy life can get, that is why UC Online is asynchronous and flexible around your schedule. All classes are 100% online and no classroom visits required. Our part-time curriculum allows you to balance your school work with other life responsibilities.

ABA Support

From Start to Graduation, we are with you every step of the way. Our Student Success Coordinators are there to guide you and make your higher education a positive experience. That is why the UC Online ABA Master’s program boasts an impressive 90% graduation rate.


ABA Community

Tap into the tools necessary to help you achieve your goals. Connect with students from across the world and utilize their expertise both in class and in your career. Utilize our Community page to ask questions, see job openings, and access discounted ABA exam resources.

ABA Students & Alumni Testimonials
ABA Student - Ava Herms
“So far, I have enjoyed the asynchronous model-- I am a full time teacher, a part time RBT, and a CLS worker. Being able to complete my assignments on my own time has set me up for success. I also enjoy collaborating with my professors and my peers. Working with others in the field has really helped me grow in ABA. ”

Ava Herms
MEd Behavior Analysis Student

ABA Student - Serene Smith
“ I've never felt so welcome and included by professors. It's inspiring that they see me for who I am and my contributions to life beyond the program. I feel that my identity is uplifted the deeper I go into the course material. It's empowering! I really appreciate how engaging and open the professors are. I have asked plenty of questions, shared concerns, and received additional support. I'm on the road to becoming a BCBA!”

Serene Smith
MEd Behavior Analysis Student

ABA Student - Melissa Mark
“I appreciate the ability to go at my own pace. I work full time and have 3 children at home. I am very busy and not being required to attend a class at set times allows me to be present for my children and have the flexible schedule to work around my job.”

Melissa Mark
MEd Behavior Analysis Student

ABA Student - Brittany Nordhoff
“I love how responsive the professors are and how passionate they are about the field. It’s motivating! ”

Brittany Nordhoff
MEd Behavior Analysis Student

Best Online Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis

Best Online Master's Program- Top Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online Master’s Programs

UC Online is Top 10 in the world for the total number of students that pass the BCBA Examination on their first attempt. Because of our size and extensive alumni group, we offer the resources that can help you excel after graduation.
The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Ranks in the top tier of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

The University of Cincinnati Online has been recognized as one of the best schools for online learning at the master’s level by (OMD). Our Behavior Analysis program earned top honors for overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success.

Is a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis right for me?

Interested in improving outcomes for individuals with behavior and learning challenges in a clinical, educational, or residential setting or developing a deeper understanding of human behavior? If so, an aba program may be an ideal fit for you. Gain cutting-edge marketability, knowledge, and skills to increase your earning potential and quality of life. Core areas of focus in the program include:

  • Behavior research methodology and data-based decision making
  • Application of ethical standards in clinical decision-making
  • Functional behavioral assessment and analysis
  • Intervention design and implementation
  • Responsive treatment approaches.

For more details on ABA, check out some of our Information Guides:

Supporting Kids with Challenging BehaviorDiversity in Behavior AnalysisEmotional Behavioral Disorders in Classroom

Behavior Analysis Career Opportunities

Whether as a teacher, psychologist, behavior analyst, or other human service professional, you’ll find opportunities in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, behavioral centers, residential facilities and corporate settings where you’ll help clients improve language, motor, social, and reasoning skills.

The field of behavioral analysis is rapidly growing allowing for new and exciting employment opportunities. The job outlook continues to look very favorable for ABA Masters graduates as there continues to be a significant shortage of behavior analysts. According to the BACB, the demand for Behavior Analysts increased at a rate of 5,852% over the past 12 years.

Career opportunities for those with an ABA Masters online degree can look forward to promising careers in fields such as:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Special Education
  • Mental Health
  • Social Work
  • School Counseling
  • Speech Pathology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Research
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Resources
  • Business

(*Please note that some of these may require a degree or licensure in a specific field other than behavior analysis.) 

Women in Behavior Analysis

Women in Behavior AnalysisThe University of Cincinnati Online is excited to support the mission of WIBA and the empowerment of women and diversity in the field of Behavior Analysis. As the demand for Behavior Analysts continues to grow, UC Online offers flexible, 100% online Master and Certificate programs to meet the needs of both working part-time students and full-time students with a number of obligations and commitments. We believe that through education, we can inspire and change the lives of others. Our students and their experiences are diverse, but with over 90% of our program being women, we are committed to developing, not only BCBAs, but leaders in the industry. Our students are taught a curriculum focused on the foundations of applied behavior analysis but also with an emphasis on networking and professional growth. Aligned with WIBA’s mission, we believe we can change the industry and take one step closer to equality.