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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. 

Students beginning their Applied Behavior Analysis degree in Charlotte for Fall 2023 are be eligible to receive 15% off their total tuition.

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.
  • Engage in a capstone project that yields a professional portfolio showcasing your competencies gained in the program. 
  • 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



Finance Your Education

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

Students beginning their MSABA degree in Charlotte for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 are eligible to receive 25% off their total tuition. We also 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 enrolled in practicum courses meet twice weekly with their assigned faculty supervisors in group and individual formats. Students who meet the stated requirements in all four practicum courses complete 100% of the fieldwork needed to sit for the BCBA examination. 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

SprinG 2024 Domestic Deadlines

Start Date: January 3 , 2024Deadline: December 15, 2023

Fall 2023 Domestic Deadlines

Start Date: September 6 , 2023Deadline: August 1, 2023

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