Applied Behavior Analysis

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: CPCF

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

Graduate Director:
Dr. Kimberly Schulze

Program Location

This program is offered on-campus and is also available for 100% completion on-line. One on-campus visit for thesis defense or comprehensive examination is required. For more information related to our online offered programs, please see The Center For Continuing Studies

Accreditation Specific to the Program

Program Overview

This master of science program is designed for those students who desire advanced academic and professional training in behavior analysis. Students may specialize by taking electives in areas such as: autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, behavior therapy, functional analysis, or the experimental analysis of behavior.


Graduates are prepared to find employment in a variety of agencies, private practice, or consulting. Job settings may include: behavior therapist in clinical settings, behavior support specialists in educational settings, behavioral medicine, intensive behavior therapy programs for children with autism, residential and vocational programs serving persons with developmental disabilities and persons with mental illness, and behavior analyst III/supervisor at Minnesota regional treatment centers.

Graduates may also elect to pursue doctoral training in fields such as experimental or applied analysis of behavior, professional scientific psychology, educational psychology, and school psychology.

Admission Information

  • Candidate selection is based on a combination of several factors including, but not limited to, grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, relevant academic and work experience, fit between student goals and program offerings, research skills, writing skills as evidenced in the statement of intent, and the relevance of the undergraduate degree.
  • Required scores constitute the minimum criteria for consideration. The strongest candidates will meet or exceed all of these requirements.
  • The selection committee prefers recommendations by board certified behavior analysts and faculty from whom a candidate has taken courses.
  • The committee also accepts recommendations from a candidate’s immediate supervisor provided he or she is able to attest to the candidate’s aptitude for graduate training. While the strength of a candidate’s clinical skills will be of interest over time, clinical skills alone are not necessarily tied to one’s ability to successfully complete graduate school.
  • Relevant work experience involves the development and implementation of behavior analytically based interventions.
  • Relevant academic experience includes credit and non-credit instruction in the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis. Non-credit courses, workshops, and conferences also reflect well on an application but are not given the same weight as credit courses.

Wait list Information

  • Competition for limited places in the ABA program requires the necessity of a waitlist.

Length of Program — Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student on campus: seven semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student on campus: four semesters taking nine to twelve credits per semester.
  • Distance student: seven semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Students must apply and be accepted as either a distance student or an on-campus student.
  • All students must complete a 750 clock-hour internship.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Generally graduate assistantship positions for on-campus students are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Graduate assistants assist faculty members with research projects and teaching activities.