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Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Overview

The Master's of Science Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Dar Al-Hekma University is the first of its kind in the region. The program trains graduate students to become specialists in providing behavior analysis services to individuals with challenging behavior and/or skill deficits which will lead the development of the professional practice of applied behavior analysis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The curriculum focuses on the clinical and educational applications of ABA, while also providing an intensive practicum experience to enhance and strengthen students' application of the principles of ABA both settings. Our graduates will be able to cater to the needs of all individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental disabilities, educational and behavioral challenges, and mental health issues.

Program Mission

To graduate accomplished women who are committed to life-long learning and research in the field of ABA, and who can lead the development of a broad range of service options for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and behavioral challenges throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Why choose the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program (MABA) in Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • It is the first and only graduate program in ABA in the Middle East.
  • All course work and field experience standards are aligned with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) certification.
  • Program directed by the first and only Saudi with a Ph.D. in ABA and certified as a BCBA-D.
  • Focuses on the clinical and educational applications of ABA.
  • Provides an intensive practicum experience to enhance and strengthen students' application of the principles of ABA in clinical and educational settings.
  • Provides opportunities for state of the art research in the field of behavior analysis.

Program
Required TOEFL ScoreREQUIRED BACHELOR DEGREEOther Admission RequirementsPre-Requisite Program
Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Behavior
    Analysis (Track)
  • Autism (Track)
550A Bachelor Degree in Applied
Behavior Analysis, a
Bachelor Degree in Psychology,
a Bachelor Degree in
Special Education,
or any Related Field
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  • Define major concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis.
  • Conduct behavioral assessment.
  • Select socially valid target behaviors.
  • Select function-based treatment.
  • Practice with integrity, according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) certification.
  • Define behavior .
  • Select appropriate behavior measures.
  • Measure behavior.
  • Analyze the results of behavior intervention to evaluate effects of treatment.
  • Implement behavior change procedures.

Year One (1)
Semester – FallSemester – Spring

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

MABA 6301
Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis 3MABA 6304
Research I: Measurement and Experimental Design3
MABA 6302
Ethical and Professional Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis 3MABA 6305
Behavioral Assessment 3
MABA 6303
Behavior Change
Procedures I
3MABA 6305
Behavior Change
Procedures II
3
XXXX
Emphasis Course
3XXXX 
Emphasis Course3


Total Credit Hours12Total Credit Hours12
Year Two (2)
Semester – FallSemester – Spring

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

MABA 6307
Research II:Conducting Applied Research 3MABA 6308
Leadership, Management, Supervision and Training
3
MABA 6601
Practicum I6
MABA 6602
Practicum I6
XXXX
Emphasis Course
3



Total Credit Hours
12
Total Credit Hours
9


Emphasis Courses:

ASD Emphasis:

AUTS 6301Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder3
AUTS 6302Treatment Planning with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
AUTS 6303Current Topics in Autism Spectrum Disorder3


ABA Emphasis:

MABA 6309Analysis of Verbal Behavior3
MABA 6310Applied Behavior Analysis in Education3
MABA 6311Clinical Problem-Solving and Decision Making in ABA3


                          
Total Credit Hours for Graduation                                                           45
  
 
 


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
  • Service and program developer.
  • Policy initiator.
  • Program director/supervisor.
  • Independent consultant.

Dr. Lamis Baowaidan

Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Dr. Sarah Silsilah

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Key Facts

Program Name

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis


Academic Degree

Master


Credit Hours

45


Program Length

2 Years


Mode of study

Full time / Part Time

Dr. Lamis Mamdouh Baowaidan

Chair, Master of Applied Behavioral Analysis Department


PhD, Applied Behavior Analysis, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, 2016

MPhil, Applied Behavior Analysis, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, 2015

MA, Applied Behavior Analysis, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, 2011

BSc, Special Education/ Learning Disabilities, Dar Al-Hekma College, Jeddah, KSA, 2007

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