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Our MS in Psychology with a major in Behavior Analysis leads to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA©) credential. This is a cohort-based, lockstep program in which students complete 45 credit hours of coursework over 18 months.

The processes within our focus are used to understand and address conduct problems, behavioral disorders and developmental disabilities, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder. Students who complete the MS degree and the required amount of supervised hands-on experience may qualify to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination.

The Behavior Analysis major consists of core, knowledge-based courses and a selection of seminars for specialization and practical experience, including the application of functional assessment techniques and behavior plan development. Through the practicum placement program, students have opportunities to gain firsthand experience with local organizations providing applications and therapy. Involvement in program events as well as attendance and presentation at regional and national conferences is highly encouraged.

BCBA© jobs are in high demand. Annual demand for individuals holding BCBA© certification has increased each year since 2010, with a 1,942 percent increase from 2010 to 2018 and a 127 percent increase from 2017 to 2018. In Florida alone, there were 704 BCBA© job postings in 2018-2019. (BACB, 2019)

BCBAs are employed in various professional occupations including as behavior analysts, clinical supervisors, educators, researchers, program managers, autism specialists and clinical directors.

For more information about BCBA© certification, visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Watch the recording of our May 29 virtual information session or contact us at behavior@fiu.edu for more information.