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2021-22 Hamilton Holt School Graduate 
2021-22 Hamilton Holt School Graduate [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science, M.A.

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A. Michele Williams, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science Program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

The mission of the Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science master’s program is to produce graduates skilled in behavior analysis and clinical science. By the completion of their training, students will exhibit a mastery of application and research skills that will permit them to design and evaluate behavioral interventions and research.

The master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science at Rollins College follows a junior-colleague model to ensure high-quality mentoring of students. Upon entering the program, students work collaboratively with all faculty in every aspect of professional development, including: professional networking, practicum site selection, designing and conducting research, presenting and publishing research, and goal setting with regards to further graduate study or job placement. For the thesis/capstone process in the final year, students are matched with one primary adviser according to research interests.

This program will prepare students for either master’s-level professional practice in applied behavior analysis or for doctoral-level work in clinical psychology or applied behavior analysis.


The Master of Arts degree with an applied behavior analysis and clinical science concentration is a 57 credit hour program. The program is designed to be completed in either two or three years and includes 750 hours of supervised practica and a thesis or capstone project requirement.

Students must satisfy credit hour requirements in each of the following areas in order to graduate. Area requirements were developed in accordance with the Association for Behavior Analysts International (ABAI) accreditation criteria and Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) guidelines. The curriculum also includes broad training in clinical science.

Area 1: Conceptual Foundations (12 credit hours)

Area 5: Law and Ethics (4 credit hours)

Area 6: Supervised Practical Research and Training (9 credit hours)

Area 7: Master’s Thesis or Capstone Equivalent (4 credit hours)

Program of Study

Students begin the program as a group in the fall term each year and proceed through the course sequence together on either the two-year or three-year track. The cohort feature allows for the development of a community of learners who come together and support one another in pursuit of their academic goals. Courses are offered on weekdays in the evenings. Unless an exemption is granted by the program director, courses must be taken in the sequence below.

The BACB® has approved the following course sequence and practicum as meeting the coursework and experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BACB®) Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Two-year program of study (Track A)

First year (Spring) - 16 credit hours

First year (Summer) - 10 credit hours

Second year (Spring) - 7 credit hours

Three-year program of study (Track B)

First year (Fall) - 8 credit hours

First year (Spring) - 8 credit hours

First year (Summer) - 4 credit hours

  • Elective: Area 3: Clinical Science Credit(s): 4

Second year (Fall) - 8 credit hours

Second year (Summer) - 6 credit hours

Third year (Fall) - 8 credit hours

Third year (Spring) - 7 credit hours

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