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Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

MSBA Program

The Master of Science in Behavior Analysis prepares you to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Our graduate degree program emphasizes autism spectrum disorders, although as a BCBA, you can work with individuals with any number of challenging behaviors and conditions including intellectual disabilities and drug and alcohol addiction.

Get hands-on experience.

We partner with community schools and organizations to give you hands-on practicum experience — the chance to provide behavior analytic services in the field. Working with program faculty and partner organizations, you’ll design and implement behavior analytic assessment and treatment programs that address behaviors of importance (e.g., challenging behavior, academic skills, social skills and class-wide interventions), and help make a real difference in patients’ lives.

Prepare for the BCBA exam.

Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge you'll need to pass the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®, which is required for licensure as a BCBA. Our curriculum is approved by the The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®, which grants eligiblity to sit for the exam.

Full degree or certificate?

You decide. Briar Cliff's graduate certificate in behavior analysis can be a more timely and cost-effective alternative than the full master's degree, and will still give you eligibility to sit for the BCBA examination. It can also be a stepping stone to get your master's degree at a later date.

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 Class Format


 Next Start Date

Aug. 22, 2016

 Tuition Cost



42 Credit Hours,
24 Months

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Program Headlines

Grad student earns accolades for presentation at conference

Nov 5, 2015

Jessica Sauter, a graduate student in BCU's Master of Science in Behavioral Analysis program, recently earned second place in the "Student Research Award" category at the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis conference.

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Nov 19, 2014

BCU Master's program falls in line with Pope's autism focus

Nov 18, 2014

Graduate students present at Midwest behavioral analysis conference