Master of Science In Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Science In Applied Behavior AnalysisThe mission of the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's of Science program is to support the graduate training of professional behavior analysts through the provision of comprehensive coursework, high quality supervision and experiential training, and the production and dissemination of behavior analytic research. 

This two year full-time program focuses on training students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).  BCBAs seek to increase, decrease, modify, or maintain socially significant behaviors by studying how behaviors interact with the environment.  BCBAs then help to develop strategies for promoting successful behaviors while addressing issues which might maintain less adaptive behaviors.  BCBAs work in many settings including mental health, schools, hospitals, residence facilities and other human service settings. In many states behavior analysts must be licensed in order to independently provide behavior analytic services. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board maintains a listing of state licensing requirements, which can be found here.

This program is also designed to equip students with a strong background and technical skill set in behavior research and analysis.  Students work along side faculty on research and complete independent research projects.

The Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at NMU contains a 5th edition Verified Course Sequence (VCS- 50160) and a Verified Intensive Practicum Experience from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  This means that students earn practicum hours during the program toward the requirements for to apply to sit for examination with the BACB for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential*. Remaining practicum hours may be necessary following completion of the degree in order to qualify for taking the exam.

This program is a good fit for students who like

  • Studying why people engage in the behavior they do
  • Working with people who have disabilities
  • Helping organizations to enhance training and performance

What To Expect With This Program

With a maximum of 20 students in each cohort, you will get to work one-on-one with your professors, insuring a quality experience and thorough education. This program is also the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula, where demand is especially high for behavior analysts.

To apply to this program, click here.

To apply for a graduate teaching assistantship in the Psychology Department, click here.

To learn about the Behavior Education Assessment and Research Center, click here.


Contact Us

Department of Psychological Science
Dr. Jacob Daar, BCBA-D
1131 New Science
*Pass-rate data for VCS programs can be found here.  Pass-rates are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of Operation.