Best Online Master’s in Behavior Analysis Degree Programs

Find top-ranked online master’s in behavior analysis degree programs for students wanting to apply their knowledge in the human resources and education fields and as FBI profilers.

Best Online Master’s in Behavior Analysis Degree Programs

Frequently Asked Questions About Behavioral Analysis

Students earning a master’s degree in behavior analysis will put theory to practice in postgraduate programs that are constructed to teach best practices for positive behavior outcomes.

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Both online and on-campus programs have a range of required credits, but most are a minimum of 30 credits, which take about two to three years to complete.

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Students will study positive behavior support, single-subject research designs, and evidence-based practices for helping those with mental, social, or learning disorders. Many programs include a practicum and will prepare students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.

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Graduates commonly enter the workforce as behavior analysts, but students can also apply their knowledge in the human resources and education fields and as FBI profilers.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in behavior analysis.

Best Online Master's in Behavior Analysis Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online behavior analysis master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Behavior Analysis Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Arizona

    #89 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 21
    • Completion time: 16 months
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Cincinnati

    #151 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 5 semesters
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    University of Nevada, Reno

    #502 institution's historical influence
    #1404 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/23

    Reno, NV

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education: Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Mild To Moderate Disabilities K-12
    • Intellectual Disabilities- Moderate To Intense Needs
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Autism And Related Disorders K-12
    • Advanced Studies In Behavior Analytic Intervention
    • Early Intervention
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of North Texas

    #448 institution's historical influence
    #1391 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Denton, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #241 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Behavior Intervention Specialist
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MAEd in Special Education Advanced Practitioner

    Concentrations

    • Behavioral Intervention Specialist
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Nova Southeastern University

    #1060 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MHS in Child Protection

    Concentrations

    • Advocating For The Child As A Behavior Analyst
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Counseling

    Concentrations

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Developmental Disabilities

    Concentrations

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Behavioral Science
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Eastern Kentucky University

    #1559 institution's historical influence
    #888 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/23

    Richmond, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    University of Southern Maine

    #1294 institution's historical influence
    #365 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/22

    Portland, ME

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Educational Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    #1155 institution's historical influence
    #248 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    North Dartmouth, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    Northern Kentucky University

    #1424 institution's historical influence
    #782 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Highland Heights, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Education in Teacher as Leader

    Concentrations

    • Reading (P-12) — endorsement
    • Environmental Education — endorsement
    • Instructional Computer Technology — endorsement
    • Special Education
    • Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD) — certification
    • Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) — certification
    • Special Education – non certification
    • Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis — approved course sequence for BCBA
    • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) — certification and non-certification
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) – endorsement
    • Gifted & Talented Education — endorsement
    • Elementary Mathematics Specialist
    • STEM Concentration: Computer Science
    • Liberal Arts/Social Sciences concentration: Communication
    • Liberal Arts/Social Sciences concentration: English
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    William James College

    #3920 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Student body

    <1K

    Newton, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 34
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Cameron University

    #3512 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    3K

    Lawton, OK

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Behavioral Sciences-Psychology
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    National University

    #1831 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Behavioral Analysis
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Kentucky State University

    #2133 institution's historical influence
    #703 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    975/20

    Frankfort, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Southeast Missouri State University

    #614 institution's historical influence
    #1249 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    9K

    Cape Girardeau, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Tennessee Technological University

    #1892 institution's historical influence
    #1420 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/24

    Cookeville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Curriculum and Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Curriculum
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Technology
    • Elementary Education
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Library Science
    • Literacy
    • Music
    • Secondary Education
    • Special Education
    • STEM Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Simmons University

    #1147 institution's historical influence
    #754 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/26

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 23 months
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Shenandoah University

    #3935 institution's historical influence
    #858 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/22

    Winchester, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 16 months
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    William Carey University

    #2965 institution's historical influence
    #211 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/24

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Emotional And Behavioral Disorders
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Daemen College

    #3784 institution's historical influence
    #1307 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    Amherst, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

    Concentrations

    • NYS Licensure and Certification
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  21. #21

    Mary Baldwin University

    #3645 institution's historical influence
    #1238 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Staunton, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 35
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Georgetown College

    #2315 institution's historical influence
    #514 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1161/24

    Georgetown, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MAED in Learning And Behavior Disorders
    • Required Credits: 36-39
    • Completion time: 26 months
    • Format: Online
    MAED in Learning And Behavior Disorders For Initial Certification
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 2.5 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Cairn University

    #4261 institution's historical influence
    #1304 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1123/21

    Langhorne, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 20 months
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    University of Houston–Victoria

    #5450 institution's historical influence
    #612 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1009/18

    Victoria, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 36-39
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Buena Vista University

    #4724 institution's historical influence
    #618 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/22

    Storm Lake, IA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Mild to Moderate Disabilities
    • K-8
    • 5-12
    • or Both
    • Behavior Disorder/Learning Disabilities
    • Cognitive/Intellectual Disabilities
    • Mild/Moderate
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • & Behavioral Disorder/Learning Disabilities
    • Required Credits: 30-42
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  26. #26

    Regis College

    #7901 institution's historical influence
    #494 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    3K

    Weston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: 20 months
    • Format: Online
  27. #27

    University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee

    #9595 institution's historical influence
    #103 overall school desirability

    Acceptance

    24%

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/27

    Sarasota, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Child And Adolescent Behavioral Health
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  28. #28

    Saint Elizabeth University

    #10639 institution's historical influence
    #600 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    993/17

    Morristown, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Required Credits: 35
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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