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Behavior Analysis, MS - Behavior Analysis Therapy Option

Behavior Therapy Degree (Behavior Analysis, MS)

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.


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Theresa L. Earles-Vollrath, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA
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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Fully online degree program


ABAI-approved Verified Course Sequence

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100% job placement rate

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Two-year master’s degree

What you will study

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:

  • Behavior Analysis and Therapy 1 and 2
  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations of Behavior Analysis
  • Ethics and Behavioral Health Care
  • Principles of Behavior and Learning
  • Research Methods in Applied Settings
  • Staff Training and Performance Management

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.


Excellence in Behavior Analysis

  • Top 36: Online BCBA Master's Degree Programs - recognized for low tuition (Intelligent, 2022)
  • One of the Best: Online BCBA Master’s Degree Programs (Intelligent, 2021)
  • Approved as Verified Course Sequence, 5th Edition by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)


Unique learning opportunities in behavior analysis therapy

The University of Central Missouri’s Behavior Analysis graduate programs offer a range of opportunities to prepare you for your behavior analysis certification:

  • Practicum: Learn how to use applied behavior analysis therapy skills in a professional setting as part of our program’s supervised field work. In addition to preparing you for jobs in behavior analysis, this practicum also provides you with the number of hours required for the behavior analysis certification exam.


What can you do with a Behavior Analysis degree from UCM?

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.




Financial assistance options for your Behavior Therapy degree

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:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Tuition awards

UCM also provides scholarships exclusively to students in certain degree programs. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


Non-degree-seeking behavior analysis training

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.


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.

You may want to explore UCM’s other master’s program similar to our Behavior Therapy degree, which trains you to help people manage mental and behavioral conditions:

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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