Applied Behavior Analysis MA (On Campus) Student Outcomes

Retention Rate

Students in the Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis (On Campus) program retain in the program at high rates. The one-year retention rate for those entering the program in Fall 2020 was 100% (5/5).

Methodology: Retention rate is calculated as new students who enrolled in a Fall term of one academic year and came back the subsequent Fall term, e.g. retention rate = (Fall 2018)/(Fall 2017). When the program length is one year or less, semester to semester retention is calculated, e.g., retention rate = (Spring 2019)/(Fall 2018).

Graduation Rate and Time to Degree

The Master’s in ABA (On Campus) program length is two years. The 150% graduate rate and time to degree for the entering 2018-2019 cohort was 100% (7/7). The average time to degree for this cohort was 12 months.

Methodology: Those starting in Fall 2018 were the most recent graduating cohort who would complete their degree within 150% of time. Time to degree in months is calculated by subtracting start date of the student from the date the degree was completed or conferred and reported in average months. 150% Graduation rate is calculated for full-time and part-time students combined; The 150% graduation rate is calculated by taking students who enrolled in Fall and Spring terms of one academic year (starting cohort) and graduated within 150% of the program length, e.g., 3 years.


Certification and Licensure is not required to work as a Behavior Analyst.

The Board Certified Behavioral Analysis (BCBA and BCBA-D) exam in Massachusetts is taken after students receive their Master’s degree. Graduates of the Master’s program have up to five years to complete the exam after graduating. 86% (7/8) of alumni who started the Master’s in ABA (On Campus) in 2019-2020 have taken and passed the exam.

Job Placement

Most Master’s in ABA (On Campus) alumni find jobs within the first year after graduation. For example, 100% (6/6) of alumni from the classes of 2017-18 through 2020-21 found a job in the first year after graduation.

Source: Alumni Surveys 2021. Valid percentages are reported.


100% of alumni in the MA in Applied Behavior Analysis (On-Campus) program earn $50,000 to $100,000 two years post-graduation, with 50% earning $75,000 to $100,000. Within one-year post-graduation, 100% earn between $25,000 to $75,000, with 33% earning $50,000 to $75,000.

Source: Alumni Surveys 2021. Valid percentages are reported.