What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

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

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 how to master basic behavioral-analytic skills, such as measurement, experimental design and various behavioral change components to help students become better therapists.

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 course also gives you important foundation knowledge, which includes the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts.

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 Verified Course Sequences page.

The coursework and practicum courses completed for the master of science degree in applied behavior analysis have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® as meeting the coursework and experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination ®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to apply.

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 how to master basic behavioral-analytic skills, such as measurement, experimental design and various behavioral change components to help students become better therapists.

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 course also gives you important foundation knowledge, which includes the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts.

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 Verified Course Sequences page.

The coursework and practicum courses completed for the master of science degree in applied behavior analysis have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® as meeting the coursework and experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination ®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to apply.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

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

Program Highlights

Classroom Experience

The applied behavior analysis program provides classroom experiences that assist students in acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.

We are approved to provide course content by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board through a verified course sequence that focuses on specific behavior analytic content and skills.

Coursework is delivered in a face-to-face format and consists of lectures, discussions and group projects.

Field Experience

Fieldwork experiences provide students the opportunity to accrue supervised experiences that meet the BACB standards for qualified practical experiences.

The faculty work closely with approved partners to provide these mentored experiences.

If students are employed in a qualified setting, the faculty collaborate with those sites to ensure they can provide the appropriate supervision and experiences.

Careers

Nationally, demand for behavior analysts has increased 800 percent between 2010 and 2017 (BACB, 2018). Entry-level (for example, newly certified) board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) may expect to earn between $37,349 and $83,881, depending on the state where they practice. Many BCBAs continue to work in fields related to intellectual and developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Program alumni are working in a number of states as BCBAs, case managers, lead therapists, teachers and clinical directors.

Research Opportunities

The applied behavior analysis program does not require the completion of a thesis but our faculty welcome student participation in research. To the extent possible, faculty include students in carrying out projects, planning implementation and writing results for publication. Manuscripts that have been published as a result of these collaborations have been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (Gibbs, Tullis, Thomas and Elkins, 2018), The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (Wymer, Tarbox, Beavers and Tullis, 2017) and Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Peters, Tullis and Gallagher, 2016).

Program Details

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 a 500-1,000 words, summarizing your skills and experiences that are relevant to graduate student 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: Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA required for admission consideration
    • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE scores: Minimum 50 percent on verbal/quantitative/analytical sections required for admission consideration
    • Institution code 5251
    • Scores may not be more than five years old at time of application

Program Accreditation

The coursework and practicum courses completed for the M.S. in applied behavior analysis have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® as meeting the coursework and experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination ®.

Program of Study

Professional Studies (9)
Required (9):

  • EPY 8850 Introduction to Single-Case Methodology (3)
  • EPY 8860 Applications of Single-Case Methodology (3)
  • EPY 8970 Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3)

Major (15) 
Required (12):

  • EPY 8020 Principles of Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 8030 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EXC 7310 Strategies for Challenging Behaviors (3)
  • EPY 8180 Learning and the school-age child (5-18 years) (3)

Select one course (3):

  • EXC 7315 Assessment and Curricular Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7320 Methods of Teaching Low Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • EXC 7325 Methods for Teaching Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)

Applied Practice (9)
Required (9):

  • EPY 7660 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (9)

Elective (3)
Students select three semester hours of program-related coursework with consent of their adviser. 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 adviser will discuss potential coursework options in line with the student’s individual goals.

Program total: Minimum of 36 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

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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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Contacts

Program Coordinator
Christopher Tullis
ctullis2@gsu.edu
404-413-8040

Learning Sciences
DLSRecruitment@gsu.edu
404-413-8040

Mailing Address and Office Location
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30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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