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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.


Core Courses

PSYC 500 - Behavior Principles
PSYC 510 - Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYC 520 - Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis
PSYC 575 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis I
PSYC 590 - Graduate Practicum
PSYC 600 - Single-Case Design
PSYC 610 - Functional Behavior Assessment
PSYC 620 - Behavior Intervention & Planning
PSYC 675 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis II

Additional Program Requirements

Before enrolling, students must prove completion of at least the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and GPA for the most recent 60 credit hours of undergraduate work must be at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. GRE scores are also required. For more information, see the M.S. in Behavior Analysis admissions checklist.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Iowa Association of Behavior Analysts

Association for Behavior Analysis International

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Pier Center for Autism