M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis
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Our mission is to develop a thoroughgoing, science-based curriculum for understanding behavior; to establish student learning outcomes related to the principles of behavior analysis, research methods, critical thinking, and professional skills; and to support student participation in faculty research programs and community service projects.
Our master's program prepares students to be board certified behavior analysts through instruction, training, and research in the analysis of behavior. Students complete courses in the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB) and applied behavior analysis (ABA). EAB courses teach students about basic functional relations between environmental events and behavior, whereas ABA courses train students in the application of those basic behavioral principles to human populations. Hands-on experience is available in our animal and human research facilities and through local practicum sites. Additionally, businesses offering ABA services in the area often hire our students and provide BCBA supervision.
The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination: PSY 508, 511, 521, 528, 529, 530, 538. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be eligible to take the examination. Our program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board ("ABAI Accreditation Board") to award master's degrees.