Take a deep dive into the science of behavior in the University of Central Missouri’s Master of Science in Behavior Analysis - Behavior Analysis Therapy Option degree program. This master’s degree program gives you the knowledge and training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
At UCM, you’ll build relationships with faculty mentors who are leaders in their field. They’ll make their professional experience and deep practical knowledge available to you, ensuring you’re learning the most up-to-date information and techniques in behavior analysis therapy.
100% online Behavior Analysis graduate programs
UCM’s behavior analysis training is offered fully online, making it more accessible to students who want to earn their master’s in Behavior Analysis Therapy while maintaining other personal commitments.
Beginning Fall 2023 - The MS in Behavior Analysis is moving from the Department of Psychological Science in the College of Health Science and Technology (CHST) to the Department of Career Technology and Special Education in the College of Education (CoE). The courses and content of the courses will remain the same, but the prefix of the courses will transition from PSY to EDSP.
Theresa L. Earles-Vollrath, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA
College of Health, Science and Technology
A highly ranked MS in Behavior Analysis
Fully online degree program
ABAI-approved Verified Course Sequence
100% job placement rate
Two-year master’s degree
The core courses offered as part of the University of Central Missouri’s Behavior Analysis graduate programs provide you with a strong intellectual foundation in behavior analysis training:
You’ll also complete a psychology practicum to gain professional experience and earn the fieldwork hours required to take the behavior analysis certification exam.
UCM’s MS in Behavior Analysis - Behavior Analysis Therapy option incorporates additional instruction in behavioral medicine and behavioral therapy. These courses give you a deeper understanding of the prevention and treatment of certain conditions using a variety of behavior-analytic intervention strategies.
The University of Central Missouri’s Behavior Analysis graduate programs offer a range of opportunities to prepare you for your behavior analysis certification:
The University of Central Missouri’s Behavior Therapy degree program gives you the knowledge and practicum hours to immediately take your behavior analysis certification exam. Once you’re board-certified, you can enter a wide range of jobs in behavior analysis.
You’ll be ready to work within private practice, schools or social service agencies to provide applied behavior analysis therapy to individuals with head injuries, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder or disabling conditions. You could also enter the private sector to focus on organizational management and the management of people to help make businesses more effective and efficient.
UCM’s Behavior Therapy degree program also prepares you to move directly into a doctoral program. This path is ideal for those who want to conduct behavioral research, become a professor or further develop their practice skills.
Career options in behavior analysis
Use the interactive tool below to learn how your behavior analysis training can be applied to certain career tracks. You’ll also find information about typical jobs in behavior analysis, salary ranges and more.
At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get a high-value master’s degree at an affordable price. Our financial aid counselors help you find ways to finance your college education and put your Behavior Therapy degree within reach through options such as:
UCM also provides scholarships exclusively to students in certain degree programs. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
If you already have a master’s in psychology, education or behavior analysis, get started on the path to your behavior analysis certification with UCM’s non-degree-seeking Behavior Analysis training program. This graduate program provides you with the courses and fieldwork hours you need to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam.
The MS-Behavior Analysis program prepares you to meet the educational requirements to be eligible to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Supervised field work is also required. Contingent on obtaining the BCBA, students are eligible to become licensed in Missouri. Licensure requirements in other states may differ. (Click here for more information on licensure: https://www.bacb.com/u-s-licensure-of-behavior-analysts/.
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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.
A typed, 500 word goal statement is required and addresses 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 practitioner-scholars.
Letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from professionals who have served as university professors or clinical supervisors are required. The letter must thoughtfully address the following: (a) the writer's position; (b) the writer's relationship to you; (c) the context in which they have 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.
Official copies of final transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended must be submitted to:
University of Central Missouri
Graduate and International Student Services
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Fax: (660) 543-8517
If you have a graduate degree in education or psychology you can take graduate courses in behavior analysis that will allow you to meet the educational requirements needed to take the BCBA examination. Non-degree seeking students must complete the graduate studies application and submit all other program required documents to be accepted into the MS-Behavior Analysis program as a non-degree seeking student. The deadline for submission of documents is April 15.
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