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WCSU Applied Behavior Analysis program ranks in top five nationwide in survey

WCSU Applied Behavior Analysis program ranks in top five nationwide in survey

The Western Connecticut State University master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has received recognition from EduMed.org in its recently released 2020 rankings for “Best Graduate Certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis Online.” WCSU’s program ranked fifth on a list that compared factors including cost, online availability, academic counseling, career placement and availability of financial aid at both public and private, for-profit institutions that offer an ABA degree online.

EduMed.org founder Wes Harris Ricketts wrote in his letter announcing WCSU’s top ranking, “I wanted to reach out to congratulate you and your department at Western Connecticut State University. EduMed.org has just released its 2020 rankings, and your school has been named one of today’s best for online learning in applied behavior analysis. … To create the rankings, EduMed researched more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. Our data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools according to seven core metrics. Schools with the best combinations of online learning opportunity, affordability and student support earned top honors. To qualify, a school must offer at least part of its applied behavior analysis program online and hold active regional accreditation.”

According to its website, “EduMed.org connects students with the best and most affordable higher education programs in the medical and allied health fields.”

This latest recognition for WCSU’s ABA program comes on the heels of a number of similar top rankings.

In 2019, the program received the highest honors in a survey by the research group Intelligent.com as the nation’s best master’s program for students seeking to pursue careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

Intelligent.com, a Seattle-based organization that provides guides and rankings designed to inform student choices of degree programs at higher education institutions nationwide, also cited the online Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at WCSU as the fourth most affordable nationwide among 34 institutions evaluated in the survey.

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