Applicants to the ABA Program at Saint Louis University must apply on the Graduate Education Degree and Certificate Programs website and click on one of the School of Social Work degree programs:
Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (MSABA)
Post Master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Master of Social Work with ABA concentration (MSW)
NOTE: PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED
Supporting application documents should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall, Room 150
St. Louis, MO 63103
All applicants can track their application progress online and view what supporting documents have been received.
Application Due Dates
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as an application is complete, it is reviewed. Decisions are provided in email and in writing to the applicant. Applicants interested in being considered for a scholarship must submit their ABA application for fall by March 1. Applicants for scholarships must have received either full or provisional admission to be considered for a scholarship.
APPLICATION COMPONENTS CHECKLIST
(Use this checklist to make sure you have all of the application components/requirements completed)
- APPLICATION FORM: The application form should be filled out and returned promptly in order to allow sufficient time for processing.
- RESUME: Please attach a resume with the following information:
- APPLICATION FEE: An application fee of $55.00 must be submitted with the application form. This processing fee is non-refundable. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Saint Louis University.
- PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT: The professional statement informs the Student Affairs Committee of the applicant's background and professional goals. This is also as an indicator of the applicant's writing ability and helps the Student Affairs Committee acquire a broader understanding of the applicant. The content and the quality of the composition will be used to judge the applicant's preparedness for graduate school. The statement should be three typed pages and double spaced. Following review of admission materials, an on-site writing sample may be required. These questions are guidelines in preparing the professional statement:
a) Describe your strengths and areas for growth.
b) What is your understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis?
c) What knowledge, values, and skills do you now possess that are critical to Applied Behavior
d) What contact have you had with people in the Applied Behavior Analysis field?
e) What are your future aspirations in professional Applied Behavior Analysis practice?
f) A core value of Saint Louis University, as a Jesuit institution, is social justice. Describe
a social justice issue that is important to you and what you, as an Applied Behavior Analyst
professional, would do to make a difference.
g) What are your experiences interacting with diverse populations?
(Diverse populations include groups distinguished by, for instance, age, race, gender,
sexual orientation, class, religion, ethnicity and disability.)
- LETTERS OF REFERENCE: Three letters of reference are required, at least two of which are from university professors. If the applicant has been out of school for a significant length of time (beyond 5 years), other professional/volunteer references are acceptable. References from friends, family or therapists are not accepted. References should be chosen with care and must have direct knowledge of the applicant's academic and professional qualifications for success in graduate school and in the profession of Behavior Analysis.
- ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS: An official transcript of all undergraduate and previous graduate work must be submitted. These transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope with the Registrar's seal on the flap of the envelope. If the applicant is attending school when s/he applies for admission, a transcript showing course work up to the semester prior to application must be submitted. A final transcript, indicating the major and degree conferred, must be submitted immediately after completion of the final semester of course work and conferral of degree.
- INTERVIEW: An interview is required, preferably in person. The Director of Applied Behavior Analysis programs, Dr. Jolene Sy will contact you to schedule your interview when your application is complete.
Important Information for ABA Applicants
- Office of Disability Services: Upon acceptance into the program, any student with a disability who is interested in receiving academic accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at 314-977-3484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Disability Services is available to assist students in pursuing assessments to qualify for academic accommodation and to identify and receive reasonable accommodations.
- Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screenings: Students who are in the ABA programs may be required to provide a criminal background check or drug test as part of securing a placement at certain practicum sites. A criminal conviction or a positive drug test may limit your ability to pursue field education opportunities in certain social service agencies affiliated with the ABA program, to gain employment in the field of social service, or to obtain a professional license.
- Proof of Health Insurance: Saint Louis University requires all full-time Graduate/Professional students to have basic health insurance coverage. If a student already has other (non-University Health Plan) health insurance coverage in effect, then coverage under the University Health Plan (UHP) may be waived by returning a signed waiver form with a copy of the insurance card (front and back) to the Student Health Center.