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Behavior Analysis, MS - Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder Option

MS Behavior Analysis - Applied Analysis and ASD Option

Get the specialized training you need to work with individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities in the University of Central Missouri’s Master of Science in Behavior Analysis - Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder option degree program.

UCM’s applied behavior analysis training is led by our dedicated faculty, who make sure they’re accessible to you as both educators and mentors. Even better, all our faculty are experienced professionals. In addition to giving you a strong education, they’ll prepare you for what to expect when you begin your career.

Fully online Behavior Analysis programs

At UCM, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your Behavior Analysis degree in a fully online program that puts your education within reach. What’s more, our many synchronous courses enable you to build strong relationships with classmates while ensuring that you’re able to accommodate your personal commitments.


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Theresa L. Earles-Vollrath, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA
Program Coordinator                                      Professor of Special Education
Lovinger 4134
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8702

College of Education

Department of Career Technology and Special Education

Special Education

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A highly ranked MS in Behavior Analysis

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100% online Behavior Analysis programs


ABAI-approved Verified Course Sequence

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100% job placement rate

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Two-year degree program

What you will study

UCM’s online Behavior Analysis programs provide opportunities for you to gain the education, professional experience and field work hours needed to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification exam. In addition to core coursework, you’ll take classes exclusive to the MS in Behavior Analysis - Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder degree track to give you a deeper understanding of the unique approaches used to work with individuals with autism. These classes may include:

  • Classroom Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Communication and Social Skills in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Early Intervention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Fundamentals of Autism Spectrum Disorders


Excellence in Behavior Analysis

  • Approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) as a Verified Course Sequence, 5th Edition.
  • Top 36: Online BCBA Master's Degree Program. Recognized for low tuition (Intelligent, 2022)
  • A Best Online BCBA Master’s Degree Program (Intelligent, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in behavior analysis

The University of Central Missouri’s online Behavior Analysis programs provide you with exciting immersive learning opportunities. In the program’s practicum, you’ll put your applied behavioral analysis training into practice with clients. This supervised field experience counts toward the fieldwork hours you’ll need to take the BCBA exam.


What can you do with an MS in Behavior Analysis from UCM?

At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get the applied behavioral analysis training you need to excel in a range of behavior analysis jobs. Once you get your behavior analysis board certification after graduation, you’ll be ready to step into roles in agencies, schools, educational administration, private companies and more that provide services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.

UCM’s MS in Behavior Analysis will also prepare you to enter a doctoral program to continue your education.

Careers in behavior analysis

Use the interactive tool below to discover how you can apply your applied behavioral analysis training to certain job tracks. Explore career trajectories, the salary outlook for graduates of online Behavior Analysis programs and more.




Financial assistance options for your Behavior Analysis degree

The University of Central Missouri provides you with an affordable education so you can focus on earning your Behavior Analysis degree. UCM offers many ways to help you finance your graduate school education, including resources such as:

  • Grants
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Scholarships
  • Tuition awards

In addition to university-wide financial aid and access to federal assistance, we offer scholarships exclusively to students in certain degree programs. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


Applied behavioral analysis training for non-degree-seeking students

The University of Central Missouri offers a non-degree-seeking option to help you prepare for the BCBA exam. This option is ideal for students who already have a graduate degree in Education, Psychology or Behavior Analysis. Take the next step toward your career in behavior analysis by completing the graduate coursework you need to earn your BCBA certification.


Preparation for Licensure and Certification

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:



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Explore programs related to behavior analysis therapy.

If you’re researching our online Behavior Analysis programs, you may be interested in exploring other UCM graduate programs that also focus on helping people work through mental and behavioral health challenges:

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 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
WDE 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Fax: (660) 543-8517


Non-Degree Seeking Post-Master's Students (Certification Courses Only)

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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