Behavior Analysis Program
Master of Science in Behavior Analysis — Program Overview
The Master of Science program in Behavior Analysis prepares you to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The graduate degree program emphasizes autism spectrum disorders, although as a BCBA, you can work with individuals with any number of challenging behaviors and conditions including intellectual disabilities and drug and alcohol addiction.
We partner with regional organizations like the Pier Center for Autism to provide you with practicum experiences working with individuals on the autism spectrum, people with other challenging behaviors, and their families.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify). Six courses, listed in our Core Courses, make up this sequence: PSYC 500, 510, 520, 600, 610 and 620.
How long does the program take?
The Master of Science in Behavior Analysis is a two-year program with all coursework and practicum hours offered in a face-to-face format. You complete 24 credit hours of coursework and 16 credit hours of practicum.
Can you become a BCBA without a Master's degree in Behavior Analysis?
Yes. For students pursuing a graduate degree in another area of study, or who already have a graduate degree but wish to qualify for behavior analyst certification, a Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis is also available. If you are a licensed teacher, we recommend that you consider the Master of Arts in Education — Applied Behavior Analysis track.
You may also become eligible to sit for the national Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) exam by completing the certificate program.