Distance Learning Program Comes to Richmond

Earn a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Shenandoah University with no travel outside of the Richmond area. 

  • Four semesters of coursework
  • In-person teaching with a course of study designed for the working professional.
  • Staffed by faculty with national, state, and local reputations.
  • BACB pre-approved course sequence designed to prepare students for the BCBA exam.
  • Competitively priced, exceptional value

Attend an upcoming Brown Bag "Lunch n' Learn" to get more information about this program.

March 31, April 20, or May 19
12 p.m.-1 p.m.

RSVP via email or call 804-355-0300. 

Commonwealth Autism Richmond Headquarters
4108 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228

Meet alumnae from the program!

  1. Brandy Bennett (class of 2015) is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst currently working as a Program Coordinator for a local counseling center's ABA program, providing in-home ABA services to children in the community. 
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  3. What attracted you to the SU Master’s Degree program?

"When I applied to Shenandoah University’s Master’s ABA program, the first thing that was so appealing was the location.  Working full-time in Winchester, VA and living 15 minutes away, it was a no-brainer that this school would be the epitome of convenient.  Next, I knew that I definitely wanted to pursue a degree in the human services [field].  I had access to some pretty great behavior analysts who utilized evidence based principles to promote behavior change in some of the most challenging individuals I’ve ever worked with.  When SU began offering a master’s program in ABA, I knew I had to get on board.

What were some of the advantages of the program?

"The biggest advantage was the level of support that was received throughout my time in the program (and even after).  The professors make themselves available to process any issues with cases, classwork, supervision hours, etc.  I do not think that it would be the same in a lot of other programs I looked into where a great deal of course work was on-line.  Even now that I am graduated and certified, I still have strong ties with the professionals in the field with whom I’ve come in contact.  It has made being a newbie BCBA much easier."

What part of your experience with SU has been most beneficial in your current work?

"I think the practicum experience embedded into the program was the most beneficial.  I believe that learning about behavior change techniques and being able to apply these techniques to atypical populations (clients who do not carry an ASD diagnosis) and producing socially significant behavior change has awarded me with a great deal of credibility amongst my colleagues.  I am viewed as a very capable professional, and this has assisted me with securing the position I have now as the only Licensed Behavior Analyst [in my workplace], building a brand new program to serve the growing needs of the community."

Bethany

Bethany Deitz (class of 2015) is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst currently working as Director of Adult Services for Grafton Integrated Health Network.  

"It is a fairly intensive program, but ideal since I could complete it in 4 semesters. There was a great sense of camaraderie and teamwork that I could not have gotten with an online program. Dr. Greene taught us how to THINK like a behavior analyst and I felt very prepared for my [board certification exam]. Adjunct faculty and guest speakers were excellent and complemeneted teh rprogram very well. Those who take full advantage of the program will be very successful in the field."