Graduate Programs


Residential Accelerated 4+1 MSEd in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Applied Behavior Analysis pathway for current Purdue undergraduate students will provide learners with advanced knowledge and skills in behavioral approaches to instruction and student supports. This is a 36 credit masters program that can begin while you are working on your undergraduate degree. Students can enroll in the accelerated masters program during their Junior year and begin taking courses in the MSEd in Applied Behavior Analysis program. Students who participate in this program can complete their Masters degree in one year post undergraduate graduation.

If you are considering a career centered on application of behavior analytic principles to teach new behaviors and decrease undesired behaviors, particularly in the areas of education or human service, then this program is for you. Be prepared to: work with individuals with autism across settings; work with individuals with and without disabilities who engage in challenging behavior and/or who are in need of increasing skills; consult with teachers and school systems to create positive behavior support systems; train parents; and collaborate with medical professionals.

This program is available to all undergraduate education students in the following majors:

  • General Education: Educational Studies
  • General Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Apply for Admission in your Junior Year!

Undergraduate and graduate courses will be combined over the next two years, permitting completion of both the BS and MS.ED. degrees in five years for students engaged in full-time study. Students applying must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25

This program does not lead to an instructional or administration licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Program completion will prepare students to sit for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® exam. Please email with any additional questions regarding the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® exam.

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ABA 4+1 Program Application Procedure

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application
  • Click ‘Create an account’; enter email address, name, and birthdate and click ‘Continue’
  • On the application, for Campus, Major, Area of Interest, and Degree Objective:
    • Select a campus: WEST LAFAYETTE (MAIN CAMPUS)
    • Select your proposed graduate major: Educational Studies
    • Select an Area of Interest: Accelerated Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Select a Degree Objective: Master of Science in Education
    • Select a Delivery Option: Residential

To complete an application file, the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Education must receive the following in addition to the admissions application:

Current Purdue undergraduate students admitted to the 4+1 program are admitted to a residential (on-campus) program. Students are not able to transfer to the online Master’s in ABA program once they have been admitted to and started the 4+1 program.


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Students spend an average of 15 hours a week on homework

Program Overview

  • Cohort model to foster professional learning communities
  • Opportunity to attend in face-to-face setting on campus
  • Community developed with collaborative opportunities in the synchronous coursework. Asynchronous opportunities may be offered at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Opportunity to participate in independent applied behavior analysis research

Core Courses in Master’s Program

  • EDPS 55200 – Basic Concepts in ABA
  • EDPS 53300 – Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDPS 54700 – Foundations in ABA
  • EDPS 54800 – Ethics of ABA
  • EDPS 54900 – Verbal Behavior and Social Communication
  • EDPS 61200 – Advanced ABA
  • EDPS 62800 – Behavior Analyst as Supervisor
  • EDPS 68800 – Single Subject Research Design
  • EDPS 55100 – Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (x2)
  • Choose one:
    • EDPS 55300 – Application of Applied Behavior Analysis to Manage and Support Personnel
    • EDPS 55000 – Behavioral Consultation and Systems Change

Tuition and Fees

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Tuition is calculated differently for online and residential students. The online program’s flat, per-credit-hour rate is not affected by full- or part-time status. For questions and additional information, residential students should seek guidance from the University Office of the Bursar.

*Additional one-time fee: CBA Modules – $345



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