Joint BA/MS in Behavior Analysis

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Save time and money with our joint "3-plus-2" program.

Imagine having a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree, in just five years! It's possible with our joint Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program, designed for highly motivated students.

How the program works:

The Bachelor’s degree portion of the program consists of three calendar years of programs. Upon completion of the undergraduate work, you’ll advance to the final two years of master’s-level coursework. You will be given dual credit for some of your graduate degree coursework to meet undergraduate degree requirements. 

Why the program is necessary:

The “3-plus-2” program helps you pursue a career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the most timely and cost-efficient manner possible! Since our master's curriculum is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, graduating from our program will qualify you to sit for the national BCBA exam.

Program requirements:

Students apply for admission into the graduate portion of their program in their third year, and must meet all admission requirements for the regular M.S. in Behavior Analysis program

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A grade of A in all major undergraduate coursework
  • Minimum 300 on the GRE
  • Completed application materials (application form, letters of recommendation, etc.)
  • Student must remain in good academic standing for the duration of enrollment. 

Core Course schedule:

First Year, Undergraduate Program Credit Hours

Introduction to Behavior Sciences

This courseis an introduction to the principles of learning and behavior that are the natural science of behavior analysis. Read More about Introduction to Behavior Sciences

Professional Development for Psychology Majors

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for their professional lives by improving their writing (e.g., grammar, style, APA format, etc.), interviewing, and analytical skills (e.g., understanding research articles). Read More about Professional Development for Psychology Majors

Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read More about Elementary Statistics

Second Year, Undergraduate Program Credit Hours

Experimental Psychology

Emphasizes the study of experimental methodology, research design, and analysis of research data using SPSS. The laboratory sessions provide practical experience in conducting research and learning to communicate research results. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 and MATH 200. (Instructor permission required) Read More about Experimental Psychology

Assessment in Behavior Analysis

In this course students learn how to conduct behavior analytic assessments (e.g., preference assessment, reinforcer assessments, functional behavior assessments). Read More about Assessment in Behavior Analysis

Third Year, Undergraduate Program Credit Hours

Intensive Practicum

This practicum will involve 10-15 hours per week of work in a supervised clinical practice, educational, or applied research setting in which procedures based on behavior-analytic principles are implemented. Read More about Intensive Practicum

Behavior Interventions

This course covers fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior-change procedures. Read More about Behavior Interventions

Fourth year, Fall Semester Credit Hours

Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will consider the application of basic research in behavior analysis to problems of social significance. The core elements of behavioral principles, processes, and procedures of behavior change as well as specific procedures for inducing behavior change will be emphasized. Read More about Applied Behavior Analysis

Graduate Practicum

Students will participate in a supervised practicum experience (750 hours) working on socially important behaviors. Read More about Graduate Practicum

Single-Case Design

This course will evaluate single subject designs in both basic and applied research as well as how these designs can be used to evaluate behavior change in intervention programs. Areas of emphasis include methodology, data analysis, historical and conceptual bases, and its role in behavioral psychology. Read More about Single-Case Design

Thesis Research

This course will aid in the design, implementation, writing and presentation of thesis research. Class meetings will consist of individual and group research meetings led by the student’s thesis advisor. Read More about Thesis Research

Fourth year, Spring Semester Credit Hours

Behavior Principles

This course will examine the history and theory of the psychology of learning. This course will focus on classical conditioning as well as the behavior analytic approach to studying reinforcement, punishment, avoidance, stimulus control, and choice behavior. Read More about Behavior Principles

Graduate Practicum

Students will participate in a supervised practicum experience (750 hours) working on socially important behaviors. Read More about Graduate Practicum

Functional Behavior Assessment

This course will examine how behavior analysts assess behavior and select appropriate intervention outcomes and strategies. The course focuses on training individuals to recognize the functional relation between behavior and the antecedent events and consequences that surround it. Students will learn how to conduct functional behavior assessments, how to analyze the data obtained from such assessments, and then be able to make specific behavioral and environmental recommendations based on the assessments. Read More about Functional Behavior Assessment

Thesis Research

This course will aid in the design, implementation, writing and presentation of thesis research. Class meetings will consist of individual and group research meetings led by the student’s thesis advisor. Read More about Thesis Research

Fifth Year, Fall Semester Credit Hours

Graduate Practicum

Students will participate in a supervised practicum experience (750 hours) working on socially important behaviors. Read More about Graduate Practicum

Behavior Intervention and Planning

This course will expand on the content discussed in Applied Behavior Analysis and Functional Behavior Assessment by focusing on the planning and implementation of behavior change procedures. Design and communication of behavior intervention plans will be the primary focus of the course. Additional topics of special concern will include systems of maintaining behavior, supervision and monitoring of plan implementation, and analysis of behavior change agents both within and outside of a clinic setting. Read More about Behavior Intervention and Planning

Thesis Research

This course will aid in the design, implementation, writing and presentation of thesis research. Class meetings will consist of individual and group research meetings led by the student’s thesis advisor. Read More about Thesis Research

Additional Elective MSBA Courses

Students will explore advanced topics in a specific area of behavior analysis. This elective coursework will build on the basic framework offered in required courses. Read More about Additional Elective MSBA Courses

Fifth year, Spring Semester Credit Hours

Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis

This course will consider the ethical standards for psychologists (APA) as applied to research and clinical problems. The focus will be on examples relevant to the practice of behavior analysis. Read More about Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis

Graduate Practicum

Students will participate in a supervised practicum experience (750 hours) working on socially important behaviors. Read More about Graduate Practicum

Thesis Research

This course will aid in the design, implementation, writing and presentation of thesis research. Class meetings will consist of individual and group research meetings led by the student’s thesis advisor. Read More about Thesis Research

Additional Elective MSBA Courses

Students will explore advanced topics in a specific area of behavior analysis. This elective coursework will build on the basic framework offered in required courses. Read More about Additional Elective MSBA Courses

 

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