College of Arts and Sciences

Applied Behavior Analysis

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Science degree and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  The master's degree program prepares individuals for careers working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, treating challenging behavior in various populations and settings, and developing interventions and recommendations to increase adaptive behavior and address skill deficits.

Drake University is currently the only institution in Iowa to offer coursework and practicum experiences for students to be eligible to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). 

Program Options

Master of Science, Applied Behavior Analysis

Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis

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Admittance to the ABA graduate program requires the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required. Visit the program's application page for more information.

Financial Assistance

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) currently has funds available to support Iowa residents who are attending school to become board certified behavioral analysts. The actual number of awards and award amounts will vary depending on the number of applicants, the estimated future tuition, and fee costs for awarded applicants.

Visit for more details on the IDPH grant program.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.