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ABA Track–Mission & Objectives

ABA Mission

The mission of the M. A. track in Applied Behavior Analysis at UMBC is to prepare graduates to
enter the workforce as well-trained clinicians who can work in a variety of applied contexts, by
applying the principles of behavior to socially significant behavioral problems. In addition, we
seek to prepare graduates for doctoral training in behavior analysis, should they choose.
Training, in coursework and in practice, is designed to promote a culture of inclusive excellence.

ABA Objectives

The objectives of the M. A. track in Applied Behavior Analysis at UMBC are to provide
coursework in basic and applied behavior analysis with an emphasis on essential aspects of
Applied Behavior Analysis, and to provide practice experiences so that students may become
proficient in the application of behavior principles. As part of the degree requirements, students
complete a capstone project that is designed and conducted in collaboration with a designated
committee chair and two other committee members. The student is expected to make a novel
contribution to the research literature, or to replicate or extend the research literature.