Applied Behavior Analysis (Psy.D.)

Applied Behavior Analysis (Psy.D.)

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Our Doctor of Psychology in Applied Behavior (ABA Psy.D.) is the only program of its kind in Minnesota. It is designed to educate and prepare practitioners to help children who are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder to thrive. In addition, our program equips students with the necessary business management acumen to open, direct and manage a treatment clinic. Learn from passionate faculty who care about the quality of the learning experience of our students. Change the lives of children and families.

Our program provides an engaging and interactive learning experience while you complete your clinical hours on campus while learning about clinical operations, including programming, staff supervision, hiring and billing.

Program Highlights

  • 90 credits ending with a dissertation under the guidance of the program director or other faculty advisor
  • Graduate assistantships offered on campus in both fall and spring semesters
  • Students present at state, regional and international conferences through involvement in research with faculty
  • Modern autism clinic for cutting-edge, research-based student learning through both traditional in-home care and developing telehealth practices
  • Deep focus in licensure law for behavior analysts and clinical directorship and clinical ownership roles. 
  • No GRE required
  • Our program will help you to achieve the Doctoral-Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D)

Program Distinctions

  • Students and faculty are involved with cutting-edge research in the application of behavioral principles with a variety of populations
  • Coursework includes approved courses for Behavior Analyst Certification Board with a high pass rate

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Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Ben Witts

Popular Careers

  • Clinic Management
  • Clinic Care Coordination
  • Staff Trainer 
  • Clinical behavior therapist

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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