Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd

Temple’s Master of Science in Education in Applied Behavior Analysis trains students to apply the principles of learning and behavior to influence behavior change that is significant to society. Students will learn how to systematically change behavior by analyzing related environmental variables and applying interventions based on the principles of behavior science. Behavior analysts have improved a wide range of everyday issues, including enhancing staff performance, improving public safety initiatives, teaching effective parenting skills, treating problem behavior in children, improving general and special education teaching strategies, rehabilitating individuals who abuse substances, and more.

Graduates of the Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd program help fill the growing demand for individuals with applied behavior-analytic training in social service agencies and educational institutions, particularly in service of individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Applied Behavior Analysis graduate degree also prepares educators, clinicians and other helping professionals to understand and implement interventions to address skill deficits and performance issues or problem behavior. You’ll graduate with a diverse set of skills, including the ability to analyze environmental variables affecting behavior, create individualized interventions, and assess the effectiveness of interventions to inform data-based decisions on modification and continuation.

This program fulfills the degree and coursework requirements (PDF) and partially fulfills the supervised experience requirement for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential. 

The interdisciplinary Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd program blends courses in education and psychology. Courses are taught by faculty with top academic credentials and experience as practitioners. You’ll complete your coursework on a part- or full-time basis on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. Some courses are offered at offsite locations.

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Classes & Curriculum

Concepts taught in classes include

  • assessment of skill deficits and behavior problems,
  • principles of learning,
  • single subject research methodology and more.

See a full list of required and elective courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Science in Education offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

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Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. You’ll also find opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Students can join the

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International, the national professional organization of the field of behavior analysis, has many opportunities for student presentation and involvement;
  • Graduate Student Organization of the College of Education, which runs community-based events like school supply drives as well as professional development workshops and activities. The organization upholds a strong commitment to social justice, regularly organizing political events and engaging in projects with community partners;
  • Philadelphia Metropolitan Association for Behavior Analysis (PMABA), the local chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, which is hosted by Temple’s Applied Behavior Analysis program. PMABA hosts networking, journal discussion, and professional development events for students and local behavior analysts; 
  • Temple University Graduate Students Association, a student employee union that maintains positive working lives and conditions for graduate student assistants; and the 
  • Temple Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which hosts events to share effective classroom techniques and other resources for developing teachers.​

In addition, there are several other local professional organizations for behavior analysts that encourage student involvement. These include

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011


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