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About the Master's in Behavioral Psychology program

Please see the Financial Assistance page for exciting news about tuition remission and graduate student stipends.

The Psychology department offers a program of graduate study leading to the M.A. degree in Psychology with a specialization in these two areas:

Applied Behavior Analysis (BACB® Verified course sequence and practica):  Students who choose this track are interested in sitting for the BACB® certification exam and practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the master's level.

Doctoral Preparation:  Students who choose this track are interested in significantly improving their chances of being accepted into doctoral program at other institutions in behavior analysis, or behavioral clinical/counseling psychology. 

Our Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence has been Verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and we offer Verified Supervised clinical experience.

Graduates from our program have had a high pass rate on the BACB® exam and high acceptance rates into doctoral programs.

All students can expect:

  • Extensive experience with behavioral assessment techniques
  • Wide variety of applied experiences in a number of different settings including schools, day treatment centers, clinics, and homes 
  • Intensive involvement in designing, conducting and evaluating research
  • Coursework in theoretical and research foundations of behavior analysis and behavioral psychology
  • Commitment to the development of student potential by active, supportive and involved faculty

Our Masters program prepares students for:

  • Positions that provide services typically developing children and children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental disabilities
  • Positions that provide services for adults diagnosed with chronic mental health problems or developmental disabilities
  • Becoming competitive applicants to other institutions' doctoral programs in behavior analysis or behavioral clinical/counseling psychology

For more information, please download this brochure

Information about applications, financial aid, and admission requirements can be found here.

Each year, our students present research at regional and national conferences including: the Association for Behavior Analysis InternationalWestern Psychological AssociationCalifornia Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy

Behavior analysis is the experimental analysis of behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. ABA involves the direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment variables and behavior. ABA is based on sound scientific principles and has a solid research foundation that proves its effectiveness. Learn more about behavior analysis. Students who apply to our program are either interested in becoming eligible to sit for the BACB® certification exam or wish to become competitive applicants for doctoral programs in behavior analysis or behavioral clinical/counseling psychology.

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