Master's in ABA and OBM

Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8148 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

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

The intensive double degree of ABA and OBM (see the description of organizational behavior management in the following degree program) provides graduates with the skills and credentials to work in clinical or human service settings, and in business and industry. It also prepares graduates to work as consultants or in managerial or administrative positions. This degree program is only offered on the main campus in Melbourne.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 50 credit hours is required for this program. Requirements include completing 22 credit hours of behavior analysis core courses; coursework related to clinical and education applications of applied behavior analysis; additional coursework related to organizational behavior management; intensive practical training (9 credit hours); a capstone project in both areas; and a final program examination. All courses for a letter grade must be passed with a grade of B or better. The final program examination for all students 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.

Core Courses (22 credit hours)
  • BEH 5100 Concepts, Principles and Characteristics of Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers basic concepts and principles derived from the experimental analysis of behavior, and their relation to applied behavior analysis and its basic assumptions and characteristics.
  • BEH 5101 Behavioral and Functional Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers descriptive assessment and functional analysis, incorporating behavioral measurement, data display and date interpretation. Also covers selection and definition of target behavior and outcomes.
  • BEH 5102 Experimental Evaluation of Interventions
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers within-subject experimental methods, incorporating behavioral measurement, data display and data interpretation. Also covers program monitoring and evaluation, an overview of traditional statistical between-subjects research methods, and ethical issues in ABA research and evaluation.
  • BEH 5103 Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Support
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers behavior change procedures, generality of behavior change, transfer of technology and systems support.
  • BEH 5104 Ethical and Legal Considerations for Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 1
    Covers the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts, position papers of various professional organizations related to ethical issues in ABA, and other ethical and legal considerations for the practice of behavior analysis.
  • BEH 5105 Radical Behaviorism
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers B.F. Skinner's seminal articles on radical behaviorism, along with other notable commentaries and Skinner's response. Includes determinism, private events, verbal behavior, contingency-shaped vs rule-governed behavior, and a radical behaviorist perspective on culture and society.
  • BEH 5303 Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an advanced overview of the fundamentals of behavior from the perspective of operant conditioning. Includes the principles and procedures used within the field of behavior analysis. Requires research and written reports and evaluations.
    Enrollment in behavior analysis degree program or instructor approval
  • BEH 5400 Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes performance and cause analysis, and intervention selection, design and implementation. Also includes evaluation of past and current research on improving workplace productivity, quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety. Addresses how performance management uses behavior principles as applied in business and industry.
Additional Core Courses (5 credit hours)
  • BEH 5201 Ethical and Professional Standards in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 1
    Includes defining acceptable treatment environments, rights to effective treatment and education, balancing the rights to habilitation and personal liberties, least restrictive alternatives, punishment and aversive control, emergency interventions and other ethical issues related to persons with disabilities and clinical populations.
  • BEH 5202 Ethics in Behavior Analytic Research
    Credit Hours: 1
    Prepares students in the behavioral sciences to identify and surmount current and emerging ethical issues when planning, conducting and disseminating research.
  • BEH 5401 Advanced Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines human behavior in organizations from a behavior analytic perspective. Includes the interface between OBM and I/O psychology, pay for performance, motivation, performance improvement techniques, compensation, quality, job satisfaction and its relation to productivity, and the ethics of personnel management.
Intensive Practical Training
  • BEH 5251 Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides students with hands-on experience in applied behavior analysis (assessment and/or intervention) in a practical setting. Requires regular meetings and work at an approved practicum site.
    Enrollment in master's program or program chair approval
Research and Capstone/Thesis (8 credit hours) (Chose one)
  • BEH 5290 Capstone Project in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes conducting an applied project, the quality of which is judged acceptable by a faculty supervisor.
    Considered a full-load course.
  • BEH 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes preparation and submission of a research thesis, the quality of which is judged acceptable by the ABA program chair, the college and graduate programs director.
    Considered a full-load if registered for at least three credits
  • Approved Elective Credit Hours: 1
Select one course:
  • BEH 5900 Thesis Preparation
    Credit Hours: 1
    Includes guided review of research literature and/or pilot work relevant to the thesis topic.
  • Approved Elective Credit Hours: 2
Business Management (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines necessary tools required to plan and run a successful business venture. Requires integration of concepts, methods and models from accounting, economics and marketing in forming a business plan for a product or service in a case study.
    First course in a two-course sequence.
Foundations of Bio-Psychology/Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • BEH 5106 Biological Basis of Behavior: Behavioral Pharmacology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the biological basis of behavior and introduces the scientific study of drugs and their effects on behavior. Emphasizes the neurological basis of psychotropic medications (loci of drugs in the central nervous system) and behavioral pharmacology (behavioral effects of drugs in the central nervous system).
Total Credits Required: 50