Applied Behavior Analysis


Many of the problems we as a people face each day are the result of human behavior — what better solution than to study the science of human behavior to solve these problems? 

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at Mercyhurst University was launched in Fall 2013. The program is designed to prepare students at the graduate level to develop comprehensive solutions to socially important problems that are primarily the result of human behavior. In this respect, the ABA master's program at Mercyhurst does not represent a field of study (e.g., education, psychology, medicine, or business); rather, it is a discipline that can be applied in any number of fields. Students who successfully complete the Applied Behavior Analysis program will possess the skills and abilities of an emerging expert in the field. 

The course sequence of the ABA program is predicated on the belief that an in-depth understanding of applied behavioral technology, experimental analysis, methodology and behavioral philosophy are requisite skills of a competent behavior analyst. The degree requirements are derived in part from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the a national board examination. For more information regarding certification, visit the Behavior Analysis Certification Board website at Additionally, this degree program will explore areas of behavior analysis that go beyond the board requirements.

The ABA master’s program is 38-credits and will take at least two years to complete. As part of the core requirements, students will complete an intensive practicum, research thesis, as well as non-credit requirements. 

Continuing Education

In addition to the Master of Science degree in ABA, students who have completed a master's degree may apply to the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate program. If you have not yet earned a master's degree, the Mercyhurst University Office of Graduate Studies offers students the option of earning the ABA certificate in combination with the Master of Science degree in Special Education.

Find out more.

If you are interested in learning more about the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Degree, please contact Dr. Jonathan Ivy at or at (814) 824-3371.

If you are interested in learning more about the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program, please contact Mr. Thomas Kitchen at or at (814) 824-2054.


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