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MS Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Get Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis

The online MS in Psychology-Behavior Analysis program at the University of Central Missouri will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance in your career or to pursue a doctoral degree. By earning this affordable master’s degree, you’ll be highly sought after to work with individuals who have intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and traumatic head injuries with accompanying psychiatric disorders.

Psychological Science at UCM

Preparation for BCBA

This master's program will prepare you for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. To meet the program requirements you'll complete applied practica. Once you obtain the BCBA credential, you may seek qualification as a licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).

Courses are taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and address the scientific and philosophical foundations of a science of behavior and the range of applications.

 BACB Pass RatesPass-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 as per the BACB.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from Board Certified Behavior Analysts who are seasoned professionals and world-class research scholars.

  • Fit your studies into your life by taking courses online.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience by completing clinical hours under the supervision of a BCBA.

  • Move into the workforce quickly while meeting your educational goals. A thesis or a research project is not required.
  • The program has been approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as a Verified Course Sequence (VCS).

  • Completion of the program requirements and supervised experience allows students to be eligible for the Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentials. (Licensure in other states may be possible).


Requirements and Course Sequence

The degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BAT) is a 30 hour program that includes six hours of practicum. For detailed information about program learning outcomes, admissions criteria and curriculum requirements, see the graduate catalog.

Fall 1

Psy 5510: Research methods in applied settings (3)
Psy 5130: Psychology of learning (3)

Spring 1 Psy 5350: Behavior analysis and therapy-1 (3)
Psy 5570: Behavioral assessment (3)
Summer 1 Psy 5360: Behavior analysis and therapy-2 (3)
Fall 2 Psy 5500: Ethics and behavioral healthcare (3)
Psy 5420: Behavioral Medicine (3)

Spring 2 Psy 5450: Behavior therapy (3)

*Psy 5970: Practicum in Psychology can be taken no earlier than Fall semester of the second year, assuming completion of six credits of courses each semester and one, three credit summer session.

How to Apply

Apply through the online application form. Applications are accepted only for the fall semester and should be submitted prior to April 15.  The number of students admitted is limited. Applications submitted after the date will be considered on a space available basis.

Goal statement

A typed, 500 word goal statement is required addressing how your educational and career goals fit with the content and training provided in the Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program. The letter should include a discussion on your ability to be successful in a science of behavior graduate program preparing scientist-practitioners in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. 


Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. They must be from professionals who have served as university professors or clinical supervisors. The letter must thoughtfully address the following: (a) the writer's position; (b) relationship to you; (c) in what context have they observed your performance, e.g. classroom; (d) how long has the writer known you; (e) the extent to which you are prepared and able to perform at the graduate level in a science-based program in Behavior Analysis and Therapy training scientist-practitioners.  

Post-Master's Degree Students

If you have a graduate degree in education or psychology you can take graduate courses in behavior analysis and therapy that will allow you to take the BCBA examination. Post-master's degree students must complete the graduate school application and enroll in the appropriate MS-BAT course work by April 15.

Meet The Faculty

Elizabeth Fong, PhD, BCBA
Area of expertise: Diversity and behavior analysis, applied behavior analysis

Duane A. Lundervold, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Program Coordinator
Area of expertise: Behavioral medicine, behavior therapy, behavioral cognitive assessment, applied behavior analysis, older adults

Linda-Heitzman-Powell, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist (LP)
Area of expertise: Autism spectrum disorder, staff training and development, applied behavior analysis

Susan Jarmuz-Smith, PsyD, BCBA-D, Licensed and Certified psychologist, Diplomate, American Board of School Neuropsychology, Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Area of expertise: autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neuropsychological assessment and evaluation




BACB Verified Course Sequence

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The course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, simplifying the process of applying for the Board Certified (Assistant) Behavior Analyst credential.



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