Bancroft and Rider University Partnership

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Bancroft and Rider University M.A. in Applied Psychology Program Partnership
A lasting investment in the future of our employees...
and in the care of our clients.

Bancroft and Rider University M.A. in Applied Psychology Program Partnership
A lasting investment in the future of our employees...
and in the care of our clients.

M.A. in Applied Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

An exciting new opportunity to utilize our tuition reimbursement program giving Bancroft employees the opportunity to earn a graduate degree from one of our region’s most respected private universities — plus specialized credentialing as a behavior analyst.

The Bancroft/Rider Partnership

Bancroft is pleased to offer a tuition assistance program that gives qualifying employees the unique opportunity to earn a highly regarded Rider University graduate degree in Applied Psychology and qualify to take the national exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Students will earn a coveted academic and professional credential while attending classes conveniently on the Bancroft campus.

Bancroft/Rider Partnership Highlights

  • Enjoy convenient on-site, afternoon and evening courses provided on the Bancroft campus

  • Learn alongside and share your educational experience with fellow employees in an intimate, cohort-based program limited to 20 students

  • Benefit from tuition reimbursement for qualifying employees  (See Admission Information)

  • Prepare for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

About Rider’s ABA Program

Rider University’s part-time graduate program in Applied Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed to meet the schedules of working professionals. It was created to fill the critical need for highly trained behavior analysts.

The 36-credit program provides training in evidence-based practices in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to support clients, community members and family members across a variety of settings. Students learn how to:

  • Apply behavioral principles to solve performance problems
  • Build new behaviors and strengthen existing appropriate behaviors
  • Gain a compassionate understanding of individual differences
  • Develop strategies that will impact behavior and learning

National Certification Preparation

Rider’s ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BCBA) as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®.


Required Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Core (24 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Principles of Learning
  • Observational Methods and Functional Assessment
  • Single Subject Research Design and Analysis
  • Creating Effective and Ethical Behavior Intervention
  • Language Assessment and Intervention
  • Social Skills Assessment and Intervention
  • Field Placement in Applied Behavior Analysis

Electives Courses (12 credit hours — any 4 courses listed below)

  • Psychological Tests
  • Cognitive Development
  • Interventions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Health Psychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Drugs and Human Behavior
  • Psychology of Family
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Aging, Brain and Cognition
  • Independent Research and Study
  • Selected Topics in Applied Psychology (topic varies each semester)

Admission Information and Requirements

*To apply through the Bancroft program, you must:

  • Be employed a minimum of one year (full-time) at Bancroft
  • Commit to continuing employment at Bancroft for two years after completing your master’s degree.

In order to apply, you must submit the following documents.

  • Rider University Application for Graduate Study
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a Bancroft Director or higher-level position)
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Aims and Objectives

The application deadline for a Fall 2019 start: April 2, 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview on Rider’s campus beginning in April.
Admission decisions will be posted on June 15, 2019.

For more information contact:

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall
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Program Coordinator
Science Hall 322A

I am a behavior analyst and the coordinator for the Master’s in Applied Psychology (MAP), Applied Behavior Analyst Concentration program. I teach Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis, Principles of Learning, and Observational Methods and Functional Assessment for the MAP program.

I earned a B.S. in psychology from Stockton College in NJ in 1993, a M.S.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University in 2009. I have been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2002.