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This is a faculty photo. Dr. Gutierrez, Dr. Hale, Dr. Espanola, and Dr. Leon are all in the photo. They are standing outside, and they are standing in height order. They are dressed in professional business attire. This is a faculty photo. Dr. Gutierrez, Dr. Hale, Dr. Espanola, and Dr. Leon are all in the photo. They are standing outside, and they are standing in height order. They are dressed in professional business attire.

Your Career Starts Here

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the master’s program (M.S.) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is a field within psychology where clinical and therapeutic interventions are grounded in the scientific principles of behavior and learning theory. ABA interventions are commonly used in the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other challenging behaviors.

The ABA program at UM began in 2016 with the goal of preparing the next generation of highly skilled behavior analysts. Applied Behavior Analysis is a growing profession, with a high demand for well-trained practitioners. Students who complete the program are eligible to apply to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a credential that allows them to independently practice behavior analysis. In fact, behavior analysis is one of the few areas of psychology that credentials individuals at the master's degree level.

Our program offers an intensive, well-rounded training experience. Didactic courses are taught by the core ABA faculty within the context of small class size. Clinical training, research opportunities and supervision is also provided by the core ABA faculty at a university-affiliated training program. Students rotate through practicum experiences, developing clinical competency in a range of ABA interventions with different clinical populations. The ABA program model provides students with a closely mentored training experience, that provides meaningfully integration of classroom instruction and clinical training.