Why pursue an ABA graduate degree?

Behavior Analysts play an important role in health care, often working with individuals and families to help make significant changes to their clients’ lives through behavior analysis and intervention. According to PayScale, the average base annual salary for ABA master’s degree holders is $68,000, and board-certified behavior analysts can make between $51,000 to $80,000 annually.

Due to the amount of empirical evidence an ABA student must be familiar with, in addition to pursuing certification in ABA, graduates can pursue work in other areas such as substance abuse treatment, occupational safety, project management and brain-injury rehabilitation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in the substance abuse, behavior disorder and mental health counseling industries are projected to experience a growth rate of 23% over the next ten years, making careers in these pathways much more accessible.

ABA master’s degree holders can work in a variety of industries and care settings, including in client homes – one of the most popular locations for ABA work to occur – schools, clinics or private practices. The master’s in ABA is designed to help FranU students find employment in any of these capacities or industries.

Has the program’s curriculum been verified by the ABAI to include a Verified Course Sequence?

We are in the process of submitting the curriculum for ABAI to review.

Is the ABA masters program accredited by the ABAI?

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination (via Pathway 2). Applicants will need to meet additional BACB® eligibility requirements, including evidence of residency in an authorized country, before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

What is the advantage of completing the optional internship portion of the curriculum?

FranU has partnered with area leaders in behavior-analytic service delivery to provide concentrated supervised fieldwork opportunities through the internship sequence that meet the BACB’s supervision requirements. These opportunities allow students to a) apply the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom, b) develop professional repertoires expected of behavior analysts, c) provide in-kind hours that help those in need in our community, and d) see the impact of behavior-analytic interventions first-hand. Supervisors are knowledgeable of current certification requirements and have experience meeting the BACB’s supervision standards.

What local facilities serve as internship sites?

We offer internship placement at the Emerge Center, the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, Behavioral Intervention Group, and Meaningful Autistic Resources for Kids.

Where can I complete an ABA course to be eligible for admission?

FranU offers an ABA course that meets this requirement during most semesters. Contact admissions@franu.edu for more information.

Are transfer courses from another program accepted?

Transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What level of certification can I pursue with the masters in ABA?

Students can pursue the following levels of certification:

  • Registered behavior technicians® (RBTs®)
  • Board-certified assistant behavior analysts® (BCaBAs®)
  • Board-certified behavior analyst® (BCBAs®)

To learn more about the certification process and levels of certification, visit the Behavior Analysis Certification BoardTM website.

How affordable is the ABA master’s degree program?

FranU is committed to making higher education as affordable as possible, striving to demonstrate the highest level of care, ethical behavior and professionalism while assisting students and their families with finding the best options to pay for college. Our Office of Financial Aid provides students with the tools and resources needed to discover financial aid and scholarship options.

To find out more about estimated tuition costs, use the Graduate Tuition Calculator. For more information on internal and external scholarship opportunities, visit the Scholarship page.