Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne, Orlando - Psychology
Major Code: 8147 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Off-site Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus, Orlando
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

Program Chair
David A. Wilder, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the applied research branch of the behavioral sciences. It includes the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce changes in behavior that are socially significant. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. Based on the findings of descriptive and functional analyses, ABA uses antecedents and consequences to produce practical change. ABA is based on sound scientific principles and has a solid research foundation that proves its effectiveness. ABA is based on the belief that an individual's behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as genetics. Thus, it focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events (that can be manipulated) rather than internal constructs (that are beyond our control).

Admission Requirements

An applicant should hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in which they should have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher. An applicant should submit an application form, the provided supplemental form and the graduate application fee. Applicants should submit a statement of career objectives, résumé, three letters of recommendation and Graduate Record Examination General Test scores. In addition, official transcripts must be submitted of all undergraduate and graduate courses attempted. All applications should be submitted by February 15, but will be accepted throughout the year. Pre-admission visits to the campus and conferences with faculty and students are strongly encouraged. At the discretion of the admissions committee, any student who is admitted but has not completed one of these courses (basic principles of learning (or conditioning), basic principles of behavior or an introductory course in behavior analysis), may be required to complete the prerequisite before they are able to register for ABA core courses. The prerequisite course is in addition to the credits required for a degree.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 44 semester credit hours is required. Requirements include completing the behavior analysis core curriculum (22 credit hours), a course covering biological foundations of behavior and pharmacology (3 credit hours), and intensive practical training (9 credit hours). Furthermore, students will be required to complete a capstone project and five credit hours of pre-approved electives. However, students are encouraged to substitute a thesis preparation course, a minimum of six credit hours of thesis and a one-credit pre-approved elective in lieu of the capstone option, but must have the support of a behavior analysis faculty member who will chair the committee. In addition all students must pass a final program examination that consists of a multiple-choice examination simulating the Behavior Analyst Certification Board certification examination at the behavior analyst (BCBA) level and covers material from all required behavior analysis courses. The final program examination is administered toward the end of the student's second spring semester. All courses for a letter grade must be passed with a grade of B or better.

Core Courses (22 credit hours)
  • BEH 5100 Concepts, Principles and Characteristics of Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5101 Behavioral and Functional Assessment
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5102 Experimental Evaluation of Interventions
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5103 Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Support
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5104 Ethical and Legal Considerations for Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5105 Radical Behaviorism
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5303 Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5400 Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 0
Additional Core Courses (5 credit hours)
  • BEH 5106 Biological Basis of Behavior: Behavioral Pharmacology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5201 Ethical and Professional Standards in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5202 Ethics in Behavior Analytic Research
    Credit Hours: 0
Practical Training
  • BEH 5251 Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
Research and Capstone/Thesis (8 credit hours)

     Select one course:

  • BEH 5290 Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Approved Elective* Credit Hours: 1
Select one course:
  • BEH 5900 Thesis Preparation
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Approved Electives Credit Hours: 5*
Total Credits Required: 44