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Due to the cancellations and/or postponements of the GMAT and GRE exams in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Graduate School is waiving the GMAT/GRE admission requirement for the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 for some programs. This program will be waiving the GRE. To see the list of programs that are still requiring the GRE, please visit the Office of the Graduate School’s Test Score Requirements Notice.

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

The Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed to teach students how to use the principles of learning to change behaviors of social significance and make a difference in the lives of others. This program provides students with necessary coursework to lead to certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by offering classes that are approved as a Verified Course Sequence by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Our program is designed to prepare students to become highly effective behavior analysts and leaders in the field of behavior analysis.

Program highlights:

  • Our program provides unique training experiences for students through the incorporation of university based and community practicum training sites.
  • Our program offers flexibility and options for students who are interested in being full-time or part-time students.
  • The job market for behavior analysts has never been better; studies indicated an 80% increase in job postings for BCBA’s from 2018-2019 alone.
  • The coursework is fully online.
  • Application Deadline: Fall semester: March 15
What are some potential careers?

Board Certified Behavior Analysts work in schools, center-based clinics, hospitals and residential treatment facilities. They work with children, adolescents and/or adults who may have varying clinical diagnoses (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, genetic disorders, intellectual disabilities) and functioning levels. Some behaviors BCBA’s may address include activities of daily living, adaptive skills, academic skills, language and communication, reduction of problem behavior and social skills. To learn more about the ABA Program, check out their website.

Who should pursue this degree?

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career that allows them to help change the lives of others by implementing treatment strategies rooted in the principles of behavior and learning and driven by data should pursue this degree. If you are interested in becoming a BCBA, our program will provide you with the coursework, practicum experiences and supervision necessary to prepare you for the certification exam.

"Our curriculum includes coursework, practicum experiences, as well as supplemental training opportunities that are all designed to prepare our students to become knowledgeable, effective, and well-rounded Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s). Our coursework is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and is intended to cover all items on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s 5th edition task list. We, as faculty, view our program not as a set of classes that students must complete, but as a collective training program, in which our students are provided with the experiences, supervision, and coursework needed to become successful behavior analysts. "

Dr. Hallie Smith, Assistant Professor

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