Is the program all about autism?

No. This program’s hallmark is its interdisciplinary nature and its thoroughgoing approach to behavior analysis. Faculty research interests and classes offered include autism and intellectual disabilities, but also include other areas of behavior analysis  such as school psychology, organizational behavior management, behavioral  economics and basic behavior analysis.

Does the program meet course requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®?

Yes. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved our 18 credit hour course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. (But see below).

Does the program meet all requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®?

No. In addition to coursework, individuals must complete supervised experience to qualify for the exam. Though Temple’s M.S.Ed. program requires two, 150 hour practica, these are not approved to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® - approved University practicum.

However, some students use a portion or all of their Temple practicum hours to partially fulfill the BCBA supervised experience requirements, under the independent fieldwork option, if these hours meet the BCBA’s criteria. For more information, visit

I already have a master’s degree and I want to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. Do I have to enroll in the M.S.Ed. program to complete the BCBA coursework?

No. If you are interested in completing only the BCBA coursework, you should apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in ABA.

Does the program lead to teacher certification in special education?

No -- Temple’s College of Education has other flexible options for applicants interested in teaching certification. For more information, explore the Special Education programs at Temple.

I think I want to pursue a doctoral degree at some point. Will this program help me?

The program is a terminal masters program -- you are finished when you earn your masters degree. You may choose to apply for doctoral study in behavior analysis after completing the program. Although past performance is no guarantee of future performance, our experience over 15 years has been that students who excel in this program are very often highly sought after by doctoral programs around the country, especially due to the master's thesis experience.

Will this program let me stay at Temple for a doctorate?

Because the program is a terminal master’s degree, if you wish to stay at Temple to earn your doctorate you must apply to a doctoral program as a new student.  Successful completion of this program is no guarantee of admission to a doctoral program at Temple. In the past, some students who have completed the program have applied  to  and have  been admitted into PhD programs in the College of Education. If admitted, you may be able to count most of the credits earned from the MSEd in ABA towards your PhD program. Explore doctoral programs in the College of Education >>

Admission to the doctoral program in Psychology is very competitive, and students from the ABA program do not normally apply to the Psychology Department for doctoral study.  For more information about doctoral programs, visit the Department of Psychology.

Want more information? View the Applied Behavior Analysis MSEd Program Handbook [pdf]

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