Degree Program Overview

The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (LIDA) program is a blend of special education and applied behavior analysis coursework. This program has two degree options:

  1. Master of Arts (thesis required)
  2. Master of Arts (non-thesis)

Both degree types provide the academic foundations for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds; students do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education. Students take two courses per semester and typically graduate with a degree in Special Education in two years.

Please Note: While a few courses in this program can be completed online, attendance on campus is still required for all students.

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination Pass Rates are available on the BACB website.

Pass-rate data is not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year, or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Master of Arts (MA)
Length 36 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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