MS in Psychology: Behavior Analysis

Our Master of Science 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. There are two admission cohorts and a graduate certificate option. Please see description for each admission cohort and our graduate certificate on our Program page. 

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The program focus is the understanding of human behavior through the scientific principles of behavior analysis and the application of these principles to improve the lives of individuals. Students are prepared to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts© (BCBA) upon completion of the program and required supervised experience.

Demand for individuals holding the BCBA© certification has increased each year since 2010, with a 5,852 percent increase from 2010 to 2021 and a 38 percent increase from 2020 to 2021. BCBAs are employed in various professional occupations including as behavior analysts, clinical supervisors, educators, researchers, program managers, autism specialists and clinical directors.

Please note, some states require licensure to work as BCBAs. For more information please visit the BACB's website

The program curriculum includes a Verified Course Sequence, seminar courses, practical experience and BCBA© exam preparation. Students gain firsthand experience with local organizations that provide behavior analysis services. Participation in program events, professional organizations and behavior analysis conferences is highly encouraged.

Students are admitted in the fall or spring. Please visit the Program page for information on the differences between the fall and spring admission cohorts, or learn about the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis option.

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

Please watch a recording of our February 16 information session. 

Please watch a recording of our September 1 information session. 

Please register for one of our upcoming virtual information sessions:

Thursday, December 7, 2023 @ 1:00PM EST