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Doctoral Preparation Track

Students accepted into our doctoral preparation track are interested in significantly improving their chances of being accepted into doctoral programs in the areas of behavior analysis or behavioral clinical or counseling psychology.


We provide many opportunities for students wishing to significantly improve their chances of acceptance into doctoral programs, including:

  1. Research opportunities with one or more graduate program faculty members

Many doctoral programs are seeking students with research experience, and such experience is emphasized in our program

  1. Empirical thesis work

Designing and completing one's own research topic for your Masters thesis is another mark of the kind of research competence that doctoral programs are seeking.

  1. Teaching assistant experience, typically for our Research Methods 1 and 2 courses (PSYC 101 and PSYC 102) and our professional development courses (PSYC 001 and PSYC 002)

Each year, our students present research at regional and national conferences including: the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Western Psychological Association, California Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.