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Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

Looking for a career that focuses on making meaningful social change? Do you want to serve individuals as they work to change their behavior using scientifically validated and evidence-based strategies? Saint Louis University's applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs can get you there.

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Through SLU's applied behavior analysis programs, you will:

  • Participate in clinical opportunities that allow you to experience firsthand how to implement the behavioral principles learned in the classroom.
  • Have opportunities to present at national and international conferences. 
  • Explore unique applications in the field, including autism spectrum disorders, organizational behavior management, gerontology, sports, and addressing social justice issues through ABA. 

Explore Your Options

Applied behavior analysis students at SLU also have the unique opportunity to pursue an applied behavior analysis concentration as part of the School of Social Work's master's of social work.

Develop a Range of Skills

As a student in applied behavior analysis programs, you'll use direct assessments, data collection, and single-subject research design to inform and evaluate interventions intended to increase or decrease behavior. You'll gain the knowledge needed to serve children, adolescents, adults and older adults. 

You'll also gain experience that can help you address a full spectrum of behaviors including mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, addiction, organizational performance, learning behaviors, and sports and fitness to name a few.

Graduate Prepared for Success

Students in SLU's applied behavior analysis programs are eligible to take the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst after graduation. On average, graduates of the programs have a pass rate over the past four years of 87%, significantly higher than the national average. 

Alumni have gone on to careers in healthcare, social work and education.  To date, 100% of graduates of the master's program were offered a job before graduation, according to internal surveys.