Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis

Doctor of Philosophy
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 9147 Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

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

The mission of the behavior analysis doctoral degree program is to produce competent behavior-analytic researchers, instructors and practitioners who are solidly grounded in basic principles derived from the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB), who approach the world from a radical behaviorist perspective, who will continue to contribute to behavioral research and inform their practice with current research findings, and who are prepared to obtain academic and professional positions. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue academic positions, to continue active research programs and to effectively manage behavior analysts under their supervision, both in research and practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must have completed, or be close to completing, a master's degree in behavior analysis or a master's degree in a related field with an emphasis in behavior analysis, and/or be a board certified behavior analyst, with a graduate GPA of 3.6 (on a scale of 4.0) or higher, and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Applicants must submit a statement of career objectives, a résumé and the School of Psychology supplemental form available from that office. The application must include three letters of reference and a GRE General Test score. Official transcripts of all previous coursework must be submitted. All applications should be submitted by January 15.

A master's degree in behavior analysis and/or board certification, graduate GPA, and GRE scores will be used as initial acceptance criteria. The admissions committee will then review the applicant's potential for scholarship and leadership in behavior analysis by evaluating supplemental materials including clinical and research experience, the application package and participation in applicant interviews.

Degree Requirements

The doctoral program requires a minimum of 87 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, of which at least 44 semester credit hours must be completed at Florida Tech with no grades lower than B. Students must demonstrate competency in research, teaching, supervision and consultation, and pass a comprehensive examination, before being admitted to candidacy. Candidates must present a completed dissertation manuscript and successfully defend the results to the dissertation committee. If a doctoral student has completed a master's degree but is not a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) or does not meet the supervision requirements to sit for the BCBA examination, the student may be required to take up to nine credit hours of Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis (BEH 5251). In addition, students must complete at least 15 semester credit hours of graded coursework in program courses, six credits of supervised research and at least 18 credits of dissertation. Students  with a master's degree from another institution may be required to complete additional coursework if an equivalent course was not completed.

Curriculum (Includes master's degree requirements)
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 (14 credit hours)
  • BEH 5201 Ethical and Professional Standards in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5202 Ethics in Behavior Analytic Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 5401 Advanced Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 6301 Applications of Behavior Analysis to College Instruction
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 6302 Verbal Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 6304 Complex Human Behavior
    Credit Hours: 0
Psychology (9 credit hours)
  • BEH 5106 Biological Basis of Behavior: Behavioral Pharmacology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Practical Training (9 credit hours)
  • BEH 5251 Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
Research (33 credit hours)
  • BEH 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 6800 Supervised Research
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BEH 6999 Dissertation in Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Approved Elective (may be from master's degree) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credit Hours Required: 87