Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne

Master of Science in Organizational Behavior Management

Organizational behavior management (OBM) is applied like traditional industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, but is behavioral rather than cognitive or eclectic. It is analytic in that it relies on the systematic manipulation of environmental events and on directly measuring and graphing behavior (rather than reliance on written tests and interviews for assessment and evaluation). It is technological in that it precisely describes procedures in such a way that others can replicate them. Graduates may apply and enroll in the Ph.D. program in I/O psychology, combining both degrees. Graduates also may choose to combine the OBM degree with an MBA, or seek a Ph.D. in behavior analysis.

The degree program provides coursework and experience for those who plan to work as performance management or OBM consultants in business, industry, government and human service organizations. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of organizations helping management with training and staff development, improving staff performance, staff productivity and behavioral safety; reducing absenteeism and staff turnover; personnel selection and placement; and direct-line supervision of employees.

This degree program is only offered on the main campus in Melbourne.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 42 semester credit hours is required. Requirements include completing 22 credit hours of behavior analysis core courses; coursework related to OBM; either a thesis or an intensive practical training and a capstone project; and a final program examination typically administered toward the end of the student's final semester of residency. 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) CREDITS
BEH 5100 Concepts, Principles, and Characteristics of Behavior Analysis 3
BEH 5101 Behavioral and Functional Assessment 3
BEH 5102 Experimental Evaluation of Interventions 3
BEH 5103 Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Support 3
BEH 5104 Ethical and Legal Considerations for Behavior Analysts 1
BEH 5105 Radical Behaviorism 3
BEH 5303 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 3
BEH 5400 Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management 3
Additional Core Course  (3 credit hours)
BEH 5401 Advanced Organizational Behavior Management 3
Business Management (3 credit hours)
BEH 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1 3


Research and Capstone Project Option  (14 credit hours)
BEH 5251 Intensive Practical Training in Behavioral Analysis 9
BEH 5490 Capstone Project in Organizational Behavior Management 3
   Elective 2
Research and Thesis Option (14 credit hours)
BEH 5900 Thesis Preparation 1
BEH 5999 Thesis 6
   Electives 7


*If a student would like to be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination, ethics electives and intensive practical training should be taken, resulting in a change of program plan.