Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.

The Applied Behavior Analysis program gives students the opportunity to work in a clinical and community environment to help people with disabilities. It teaches mastery of basic behavior-analytic skills, such as measurement, experimental design, and various principles and procedures of behavioral change to help students become better therapists, teachers and clinical practitioners.

Program highlights include collaborations with faculty members, opportunities for practicum internship placements and a cohort model that fosters lasting professional relationships. You will also learn client-centered responsibilities, such as problem identification, methods of intervention and implementation, management and supervision. This program also gives you important foundational knowledge, including the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Additional program highlights are detailed in the sections below.

Exam pass-rate data 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. To access current pass rates, current and potential students may visit BACB’s University Pass Rates page.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the program course sequence toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. 

There is also a non-degree version of this program for students who have already obtained a master’s degree and are interested in taking coursework toward certification as a behavior analyst. Please view more details on this program below.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the applied behavior analysis program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $50
  • Goals statement (upload with the application — goals statement should be 500-1,000 words, summarizing your skills and experiences that are relevant to graduate students in applied behavior analysis. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State.  Finally, discuss what you would like to be doing three to five years after you complete your coursework at the university.)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two letters of recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application — recommenders should be professional or academic)
  • Official Transcript(s): Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Admissions — Graduate School |P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302.

Applied Behavior Analysis Non-Degree Program Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

When applying to the Applied Behavior Analysis Non-Degree program you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application — goals statement should be 500-1000 words, summarizing your skills and experiences that are relevant to graduate students in Applied Behavior Analysis. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State. Finally, discuss what you would like to be doing three to five years after you complete your coursework at Georgia State.)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA and master’s degree required for admission consideration
    • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

The Applied Behavior Analysis M.S. degree program consists of the following requirements (credit hours in parenthesis):

  • Professional Studies (9)
  • Major (15)
  • Applied Practice (3)
  • Elective (9)  Students select nine semester hours of program-related coursework with the consent of their advisor. The purpose of the elective hours is to enable students to shape a program of study to fit their individual intellectual interests. The student and the advisor will discuss potential coursework options in line with the student’s individual goals.

Program total: minimum of 36 semester hours

For further information on courses visit the catalog description.

Non-Degree Version

There is also a non-degree version of this program for students who have already obtained a master’s degree and are interested in taking coursework toward certification as a behavior analyst. Enrollment in the non-degree ABA program requires prior completion of a graduate degree (for example, master’s or doctoral). Students enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis non-degree program take the Verified Course Sequence, as approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Information on the Verified Course Sequence can be found in ABAI’s Verified Course Sequence directory.

Funding Your Graduate Education

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Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the program course sequence toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.