Communication Sciences and Disorders

MA Behavior Analysis

The field of behavior analysis consists of two interrelated components. Experimental analysis is designed to investigate the fundamental principles of behavior and applied behavior analysis is designed to apply those principles to solving socially important problems of human behavior. The program is designed to give students the training needed to understand these fundamental principles and to apply them to the solution of human problems.

The degree, along with the hours of required supervised clinical experience, can qualify students to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. This national credential attests to an individuals’ expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis.

The M.A. in Behavior Analysis requires the completion of 36 credits.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis must meet the following requirements for admission. This program admits for the Fall only. To ensure attention to individual growth, the number of students is limited. Most have undergraduate degrees in psychology. However, we are prepared to provide appropriate support for students with degrees in other disciplines who are now exploring psychology as career option. Applications are processed as they are received. However, we strongly encourage application by August 1 for students who wish to be considered for assistantships.

  • Application for Admission.
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Submit the results of the General Graduate Record (GRE) Exam.
  • Applicants must have achieved at least a 3.0 overall grade point average or equivalent in a bachelor's program. Students who do not meet this requirement are welcome to discuss their options for admissions with the graduate advisor.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Personal statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • Students for whom English is a secondlanguage must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.


School of Health Professions and Nursing
Dr. Denise Walsh, Dean
Life Science, Room 154