Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application of behavioral science to improve socially important behavior. Its early roots come from psychology and behavior analysis, which extends back to the early 20th century. ABA has effectively been used to help individuals in a variety of settings. Examples include autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, gerontology, education, and industry. GSAPP at Rutgers offers academic, service, and research opportunities in ABA. For more information about ABA @GSAPP and Rutgers, contact SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D. , BCBA-D.
GSAPP offers students multiple pathways to academic training in applied behavior analysis (ABA). For those seeking a master’s degree, consider our Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program or Master of Applied Psychology (ABA concentration) program. For those who already have a relevant graduate degree or are pursuing a graduate degree in another program, consider our Graduate Certificate in ABA program. For those interested in seeking training in special education with specialization in ABA, consider the Master’s Degree Program in Special Education with the ABA sequence.
All programs are designed to train students to become exceptional behavior analysts who provide the highest quality of care using state of the art evidence-based practice. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified our courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Our courses are based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Fifth Edition Task List. In 2019, the pass rate of the BCBA exam for Rutgers’ first-time test takers was 80%. It is important to note that "Pass Rate" is only one indication of the value of a program and that other variables do impact test scores/pass rate beyond University programming. Proper supervisory experience increases the likelihood of passing the BCBA exam. Many of our students work and gain experience at Rutgers affiliated programs as well as off-site organizations.