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    Feb 06, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavior Analysis, MS

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The purpose of the program is to:

  • teach principles, theory and research methods of behavior analysis;
  • teach procedures for systematic application of behavioral interventions in applied settings; and
  • provide practical experience in functional analysis; in designing, implementing and evaluating behavioral applications; and in laboratory research.

The graduate program is designed to enable students to follow either of two career paths upon graduation:

  1. Professional employment in the applied field: conduct behavioral assessments and behavioral interventions in human service, educational or business settings; train employees in program interventions and conduct applied research in public and private agencies and institutions; or
  2. Doctoral study in behavior analysis: enter PhD programs at other universities to continue advanced study in applied behavior analysis or the experimental analysis of behavior.

Students focusing in either area will take courses from a core curriculum, take elective courses tailored to their interests and complete a thesis.

Degree requirements

Students focusing on application will complete 48 semester hours, including 24 hours of core courses and thesis, designated and free elective courses, and 7 hours of practicum/internship. Others will complete 42 semester hours of work in the same categories, but will have one 2-hour practicum.

Full- or part-time study is possible, as long as a satisfactory pace is maintained. Ordinarily, students will take a minimum of 6 hours per term/semester and finish in five to eight terms/semesters.

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