Classes are offered at our Newport campus and the Warwick Center for Adult Education.
About the Programs
The required course sequence has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) making our students eligible to sit for the BACB Certification Exam and become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) at the completion of the Master’s degree. This certification is internationally recognized and is the basis of professional licensure for behavior analysts in several states.
While Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is used in many settings, including business, sports, health, law enforcement and corrections, it is probably best known as an empirically validated therapy for children with autism. As a result, ABA is one of the fastest growing areas in human services. While the majority of our students plan careers devoted to helping people with disabilities, our graduate program also allows students to focus on other areas of application.
The graduate curriculum in ABA at Salve Regina University, leading to either the Master’s Degree or the Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the internationally recognized authority in credentialing in this area. Our academic curriculum and practicum supervision opportunities are designed to prepare our students to become excellent clinicians and, depending on the individual student’s goals, to engage in research and study at the doctoral level.
In accordance with our University Mission, our students learn the leadership skills necessary to advocate for scientifically valid behavior change programs for all clients and to design programs so that the University mission of working for a world that is just, harmonious and merciful is honored.
Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
The Master’s Program in Applied Behavior is a 36 credit program including the six required courses approved by the BACB. The required courses are supplemented by 18 credits fulfilled through a combination of practicum, research and course credits. Each student works with the graduate director to develop an individual program of study.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis
To be eligible for the CAGS Program in ABA, the student must have completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology or a related field. Appropriately related fields are determined by the guidelines developed by the BACB (http://www.BACB.com/degrees). The CAGS Program requires the completion of the six courses approved by the BACB. In order to shit for the BACB certification exam students need to complete 1500 hours of supervised experience. Certificate students have the option of taking 6 credits of practicum courses to complete this requirement or obtain supervision outside of the Salve Regina University program. The certificate will be granted after completion of the 6 required courses.
Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program
Salve Regina University offers an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within five years. This program is designed for the University’s highly motivated, academically talented and qualified undergraduate students with a recommended grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Current undergraduates must complete the application process by February 15 of the junior year. Undergraduates students considered for the five-year program are conditionally accepted into the M.A. program and can take up to four graduate courses (12 credits) their senior year. Of these 12 credits, six are applied to the undergraduate program. In accordance with BCBA rules, the six credits applied to the undergraduate degree must be from the elective courses. All required courses must be taken for graduate credit.
Students in the 5th year program typically complete a total of 150 credits. 120 credits are applied to the undergraduate degree and 30 credits are applied toward the Master’s degree. However, of those 150 credits, students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in graduate level courses (course numbers > 500) to obtain the Master’s degree. Students may need to take additional graduate courses above 150 credits if they did not take a sufficient number of graduate courses.
Final acceptance into the graduate program is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, successful completion of any graduate courses in the senior year and the recommendations of the graduate faculty.
Program and Courses