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Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S.)

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Brandon Greene, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Halpin-Harrison Hall, Room 115, (540) 542-6268,

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis develops knowledge, skills, ethical standards and experiences in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of mental disorders, learning disabilities and cognitive, behavioral and emotional problems through observation, interviews and psychological testing.

Upon completion of the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, students will:

  1. Understand and apply ethical considerations in behavior analysis.
  2. Master the concepts and principles of behavior analysis.
  3. Identify and apply appropriate measurement systems of behavior.
  4. Apply experimental design skills to behavior analysis.
  5. Understand fundamental and specific elements of behavior change.
  6. Design and apply procedures to evaluate the efficacy of their diagnoses and interventions.
  7. Identify and apply intervention strategies, including plans for unwanted effects.
  8. Apply behavior change systems.
  9. Implement a behavior change management and supervision program.
  10. Develop expertise in a behavior analytic application such as autism, organizational behavior management, behavioral pharmacology, etc.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to university requirements, the following must also be met:

  • Undergraduate major in psychology, special education, education, speech pathology, social work or similar discipline.
  • Minimum undergraduate major grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An essay statement of the applicant’s reasons for applying to the Applied Behavior Analysis program, including what factors influenced the decision and how this program will help the individual to reach professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by professors, supervisors or other persons engaged in the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis or other human services professions.

This is a cohort program, and admission is limited to Fall semester only. Students complete the program in four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall).

Courses Required

Total: 37 credits

Course Map

Fall 1

Total: 9 credits

Total: 9 credits

Total: 9 credits

Fall 2

Total: 10 credits

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