Autism Studies and ABA

Prepare for jobs in one of the fastest-growing and highest need fields in education. Employment opportunities are abundant in this field. Behavior analysts provide direct ABA therapy to children with autism and other developmental disorders, and they can also use their skills to work with adult clients. They conduct assessments, provide parent and teacher training, and work to develop and help implement treatment plans.

The field of ABA is not limited to working with individuals with autism and other disabilities; those with ABA training often explore other applications, including business, criminal justice, social work, and related fields. At MBU, we do offer additional specialized training related to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (required for students in the Autism Studies & ABA major; optional for other ABA students). Those who complete this additional course sequence will also receive the Comprehensive Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, which the Virginia Autism Council has endorsed.

Be an advocate and changemaker

Mary Baldwin University is the first in Virginia to offer a major in ABA. You can be among the first to graduate with this degree and help address one of the most significant and growing educational needs.

Be an advocate and changemaker, making a real difference for families and individuals in your community. Help fill the need of schools and in-home service providers for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Happy graduates

Cost and Financial Aid

MBU’s Office of Financial Aid lists ABA program tuition rates for 2022-23 and is happy to answer any questions.

In addition to support through the Office of Financial Aid, if you’re a Registered Behavior Technician, you may receive a 10% discount. Talk to an Admissions counselor for more information.

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Eager to launch the next phase of your education? Simply fill out our application form. An admissions counselor will be in touch with a decision within a week!