The Master of Education in Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis is an eCampus program from College of Education & Human Development 

A BGSU Special Ed master’s student studying Applied Behavior Analysis teaches an exceptional individual in a school.
  • Masters Available
  • Offered Online
  • Masters Available
  • Offered Online

Master of Education in Special Education

Applied Behavior Analysis

The, BGSU online master of education (M.Ed.) in special education specializing in applied behavior analysis prepares graduates for careers working with children, adolescents and adults with behavioral challenges. 

Graduates are in demand and are employed in a variety of educational, health care and private practice settings.

Students take the first major step to achieving the national Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) professional credential exam and becoming a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA) within Ohio. The need for BCBAs has increased 800% in the last decade in educational and clinical settings.

Give exceptional individuals options for independent and contributing lives

Become a highly skilled professional working in a school, community and mental health setting. Join one of the largest special education programs in the state of Ohio to take your career to the next level. 

Gain a high-quality liberal education in a flexible, 100% online master’s program that promotes lifelong personal development. 

Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the supervised fieldwork that leads to the national Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) professional credential exam.

This credential, verified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, allows one to become a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA) within the state of Ohio or similar licensure in many other states. 

The coursework alone does not ensure the BCBA credential but is the first important step to gaining it.

Your Degree, Your Way

eCampus is a quality guaranteed online learning environment that will also introduce you to peers with the same goals, a valuable supporting network on your learning journey. 

Students have access to the same world-leading faculty as our on-campus programs and can participate in active research projects led by BGSU faculty. 

The online program offers scheduling freedom and savings on time and travel costs. The M.Ed. special education program specializing in ABA can fit around your current schedule while you learn or work.  

With online delivery, straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, the Applied Behavior Analysis program will evidence your expertise and open doors to rewarding new career paths.


The BCBA verified course sequence meets pathway 2 criteria; this assures students that the content areas and number of study hours will meet the criteria for starting the supervised fieldwork component, preparation for the comprehensive examination and eventually achieving  Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) professional credential.

The course content covers subjects ranging from behavior assessment through behavior change procedures to measurement and display of experimental design. 

As well as front-line skills, students of the Applied Behaviour Analysis master’s degree will learn the professionalism and compliance requirements of the BCBA code and disciplinary systems. 

Finally, philosophical underpinnings are taught and the process of personnel supervision and management is explored.

Unmatched Student Support

BGSU is the only university in Ohio and only one of ten in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. The eCampus team proudly offers a one-stop-shop experience for all of your questions. Our main goal is simple: your success from registration to graduation 


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Easy enrollment

Complete an application form online for the Master in Applied Behavior Analysis online program Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45.

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. 

TEST SCORES: Any of the following tests are accepted: Praxis Scores, OAE scores (Ohio Assessment for Educators), or GRE scores (within the last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree, then no test scores are required.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Assessment in Behavior Analysis
  • Integrating and Managing Assistive Technology in the Classroom
  • Social, Sensory and Communication Issues in ASD
  • Single-Case Design Research in Education
  • ​​Behavioral and Classroom Management
  • Behavioral Philosophy and Concepts
  • Master’s Project/Exam/Thesis

Our course sequence is verified through the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for the 5th edition task list.


A recent report looked at the nationwide demand for Board Certified Behavioral Analysts across the country, there was evidence for new positions and increased competition for board-certified applicants. 

The outlook for the profession is strong, with each role offering the chance to impact many people’s lives positively. A robust professional organization and a supportive, research-focused ethos permeate the profession.

Go Far in your career

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Supervising Clinician 
  • Onboarding Specialist
  • Counselor
  • Behaviour Technician
  • Case Manager
  • Traveling Clinic role

Program Information

The BGSU Master of Education in Special Education specializing in Applied Behavioural Analysis offers multiple start dates throughout the year and seven-week courses delivered 100% online.  

Complete the program in around two years. Classes are delivered asynchronous, so even if you are working a night shift, you can still complete your degree at your pace and on your schedule.

Application Requirements

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.

Online Application 

Submit Official Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores  

TRANSCRIPTS: As part of the online application process  you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TEST SCORES: One of the following test scores is to be submitted as part of the online application process. Non-original scores must be notarized. Any of following tests are accepted: Praxis Scores, OAE scores (Ohio Assessment for Educators), or GRE scores (within last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree then no test scores are required.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information on the GRE/Praxis/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

Statement of Purpose

You will upload this as part of the online application process for this program.

The Statement of Purpose should address:

  • your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field
  • what you hope to gain through graduate study
  • your career aspirations following completion of the program
  • your personal qualities that relate to your future success as a graduate student

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate certificate from the College of Education & Human Development.

BGSU Degree | World-class faculty |  100% online

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Applied Behavioural Analysis program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Applied Behavioural Analysis program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 08/10/2022 04:01PM