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Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Applied Behavior Analysis

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis is an innovative degree program that brings you the skills, knowledge, and industry-aligned experience to advance your career as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).







Program Overview

The increase in demand for Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) has been astronomical in the last decade, and job growth is expected to rise another 22% through 2029. Northeastern’s *Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares you to be a BCBA with the knowledge to develop teaching and intervention skills based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. The program also provides the experience needed to oversee the educational and behavioral programming of individuals with autism or behavioral needs.

The hybrid program on our Charlotte campus is delivered online and in person. The industry-aligned curriculum allows you to work independently for most of the semester, with face-to-face instruction at critical points in your studies. You’ll complete seven foundational courses in behavior analysis and three advanced clinical procedures and related research courses. Graduates are fully prepared for board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) coursework requirements and able to demonstrate assessed skills. 

Unique Features
  • Learn from faculty and leaders with influential articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and extensive ongoing clinical experience.
  • Broaden your understanding of behavior principles in areas not typically included in behavior analysis curricula, including sustainability, gerontology, and health and fitness. You can also add optional coursework in building supervisory skills.
  • Gain the opportunity to participate in a four-week exam preparation session facilitated by Northeastern faculty.
  • Build a professional network that allows you to continue your development with colleagues working in leadership positions around the globe

Tuition and Aid



The domestic tuition price is inclusive of a scholarship of up to 25% for all domestic students beginning their graduate studies in the 2025 academic year. This scholarship is not transferable to alternative programs of study, terms or campuses outside of Charlotte, NC.

This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2024–2025 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

Finance Your Education

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships. Learn more here.


Explore this program’s requirements and courses, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern’s experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. Your Northeastern education can be a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

Students may enroll in elective practicum courses to gain experience in the field under the supervision of Northeastern faculty. These courses are designed to meet the requirements set forth by the BACB for Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork. Faculty supervisors bring a rich array of practical experience in public and private settings. Students who are already employed in a behavior analytic role may be eligible to complete their fieldwork in their current professional setting. Other students may gain assistance from Northeastern faculty in identifying practical settings for fieldwork.

Admission Dates

fall 2024 Domestic Deadlines

Start Date: September 2024Deadline: August 1, 2024

spring 2025 Domestic Deadlines

Start Date: January 2025Deadline: December 15, 2024

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