Although diagnoses of autism have risen dramatically over the past few decades, evidence-based approaches to treating the behaviors associated with the disease are few and far between. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one of the only therapeutic approaches that has been proven to work, helping those with autism engage more successfully with the world.
For those interested in pursuing a career in ABA, an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism is a good place to start. When choosing a program, it is important to find one that will offer not only rigorous coursework, but also provide a supportive environment in what can be an emotionally intense field of study.
At Sage College Online, we have been training people in the art and science of ABA for years. What makes our program unique?
Sage offers one of the few ABA-specific degree programs in the nation. Furthermore, Sage follows a unique “scientist-practitioner” model of training for students, meaning all instruction is grounded in a scientific approach, with evidence provided to bolster any claims made. As the need for specialists who can treat autism grows, our program is training leaders with proven treatment methods.
The success of our program has been recognized by Best Online Colleges, a group who ranks online programs and schools. Their website lists the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism as one of the top online programs under the psychology category. Sage’s strong retention rate and unique platform for studying psychology were recognized as factors that place us above similar programs.
The professors in our ABA and autism program are all Board Certified Behavior Analysts at the doctoral level. They are all heavily involved in professional associations, and each has been published for research in ABA journals. Our professors have decades of combined experience and share that knowledge with students.
The online ABA program at Sage directly prepares you for a career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Behavior analysts can work in:
- Private homes
- In nonprofit agencies, providing direct service to children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
After completion of practicums, students are ready to take the national BCBA examination. Passing this exam makes you a qualified ABA professional. See our “Salary Information for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists” post for more information about the profession.
Sage’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism is offered fully online, giving you the ability to study when and where you want. Your online classroom is always available, so you can earn your degree while still managing work and personal obligations. Our success coaches will work with you to develop a course load that is realistic and will cheerlead you as you progress.
For many students, finances are the deciding factor on whether they begin an educational experience. At Sage, we have put tremendous effort into making our education accessible to as many students as possible. That’s why our cost per credit includes all fees, so you are never surprised by hidden charges for services. And we’ve waived our application fee, so cost isn’t a barrier to exploring your options.
The cost per credit for our ABA program is $620. During the application process, you also have access to one-on-one tuition counseling. A Sage employee will fully review your financial aid options and tuition obligations with you. We want you to fully understand the cost of your education and help you find all available payment methods. These experts will work to make this difficult part of the admissions process go as smoothly as possible.
Once you’ve decided to pursue your M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism, the next step is applying. The application process is simple, and we have enrollment counselors on hand to get you started. Visit our program page to learn more.