Online Master’s in Psychology

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Program Details


Completion Requirements

  • 63 quarter credits


This course sequence represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of credits required for program completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 63 quarter credit $555 per quarter hour $34,965
Program Fee Per quarter $170 $1,190



*Represents the course-based learning format, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specialization, minimum time to completion, and Believe & Achieve Scholarship. Your actual total program time and costs may vary. Believe & Achieve Scholarship savings based on current tuition. See Scholarship Details for more information.

**Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 24 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $2,500 to $3,500.

Program Outcomes

Specialization Learning Outcomes

In addition to the core program learning outcomes, graduates in this specialization will be prepared to:

  • Apply foundational knowledge (e.g., philosophy, concepts and principles) to the science of behavior analysis. 

  • Define the dimensions of applied behavior analysis.

  • Appropriately conduct behaviorally based assessments (e.g., functional behavioral analysis/assessment, skill based behavioral assessment). 

  • Evaluate results of behavior analytic research using single-subject experimental designs. 

  • Implement behaviorally based assessments for behavior change that promote positive social change. 

  • Apply professional and ethical behaviors according to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. 

  • Synthesize applied behavior analysis knowledge and research to apply in real-world situations such as in educational, social, organizational, and health settings.


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The MS in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® (BACB®) examination. This program is designed to meet the licensure requirements of some state licensing boards. Learn more about professional licensure.

Please note: Currently, students who reside in Washington state must take the MS in Psychology Capstone and may not enroll in the Field Experience option.

1 The MS in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program has been verified that it meets the behavior-analytic coursework requirement which is needed to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (restricted) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination including meeting the fieldwork requirement. Walden University does not offer the fieldwork experience required for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information on applying for certification from BACB, visit BCBA certification may be a requirement to obtain licensure to practice applied behavior analysis, for more information on professional licensure visit