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Average Time to Complete: 4 Semesters

Application Deadlines

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

Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.

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 ®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to apply.

The objectives of the program include mastery of basic behavior-analytic skills (measurement, experimental design, behavior-change considerations, fundamental elements of behavior change, specific behavior-change procedures, and behavior-change systems), client-centered responsibilities (identification of the problem, measurement, assessment, intervention, and implementation, management, and supervision), as well as mastery of foundational knowledge including the Behavior Analyst Certification Board 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 can view the verified course sequences here: https://www.bacb.com/verified-course-sequences/.

Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.

Logo with Behavioral Analyst certification board verified course sequence text around circle

Average In-state Cost:
Use our cost calculator to analyze your costs.

Average Time to Complete: 4 Semesters

Application Deadlines

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

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 ®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to apply.

The objectives of the program include mastery of basic behavior-analytic skills (measurement, experimental design, behavior-change considerations, fundamental elements of behavior change, specific behavior-change procedures, and behavior-change systems), client-centered responsibilities (identification of the problem, measurement, assessment, intervention, and implementation, management, and supervision), as well as mastery of foundational knowledge including the Behavior Analyst Certification Board 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 can view the verified course sequences here: https://www.bacb.com/verified-course-sequences/.

  1. The possibility of completing all coursework requirements in four semesters if students take all of the required courses each semester.
  2. The opportunity to complete a large number of fieldwork hours while enrolled at GSU.
  3. Opportunities to participate on, and/or lead research projects in Applied Behavior Analysis that include data collection, writing, and presentation at local, state, and national conferences.  Current projects focus on instruction and people with ASD, but faculty encourage and support students to pursue research on the application of ABA to populations outside of ASD and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  4. Cohort model that allows students to form strong professional relationships with fellow students
    The MS in ABA Program is listed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a degree that qualifies already certified teachers for a certificate upgrade

The MS Program in ABA is a Verified Course Sequence with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board that is designed to assist students in completing the required coursework and at least a portion of the experience hours to be eligible to sit for the BCBA Exam.

BCBA (upon program and supervision completion, and passing the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam)

  • Behavior Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Program Manager
  • Clinic Director
  • Case Manager

EPY 8020: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (Fall)
EPY 8850: Introduction to Single-Case Design (Fall)
EPY 8970: Ethics for Behavior Analysts (Fall)

EPY 8030: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring)
EPY 8860: Application of Single-Case Design (Spring)
EPY 7660: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring)

EXC 7310: Strategies for Challenging Behavior (Summer)
EXC 7315: Assessment and Curriculum Planning for Learners with ASD (Summer)
EPY 7660: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring)

EPY 7660: Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (Fall)
EPY 7808 or EPY 8180 (Fall)
Elective (Fall)

Visit the course catalog for additional information on prerequisites and required courses.

Christopher A. Tullis, PhD, BCBA-D

When applying to the Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S. 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 500-1000 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 University.  Finally, discuss what you would like to be doing three to five years after you complete your coursework at Georgia State 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% 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

Visit our Graduate Admissions page for more information on the admissions Process.

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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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For further information on the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Credential and on the field of ABA, please visit www.bacb.com.

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Dr. Christopher A. Tullis
ctullis2@gsu.edu
404-413-8040

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