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MS Behavior Analysis

5th edition Verified Course Sequence

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Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Get Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis

The online MS in 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.  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and a research thesis are not required.

Courses are taught by PhD-level, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). The scientific and philosophical foundations of a science of behavior and it’s the range of applications are taught throughout the curriculum.

All students complete 30 credit hours in core behavior analysis classes and select one of two program options: (a) Behavior Analysis and Therapy (6) or, (b) Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder (12). The MS-Behavior Analysis program has been approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) as a verified course sequence (VCS, 5th edition).

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:

Program Highlights

  • Learn from Board Certified Behavior Analysts who are seasoned professionals and world-class research scholars.
  • Be part of an engaged community of learners through use of a synchronized online education model
  • 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. 

Good News!

Intelligent Names UCM's MS Behavior Analysis Degree As Top Pick  

April 2021

Best Master's in Behavioral Psychology Degree Programs logo


World Behavior Analysis Day

March 20, 2021


February 26, 2021

Amy Weisser, a graduate student in the UCM online MS Behavior Analysis program, received a $1000 scholarship from the Minnesota Autism Recovery Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a  promising student enrolled in a graduate Behavior Analysis program.


What Makes the MS Behavior Analysis Program Special?

Amy Weisser


Courses and Program Options

For detailed information about program learning outcomes, admissions criteria and curriculum requirements, see the graduate catalog.

Behavior Analysis Core (30)

Psy 5130: Principles of Behavior and Learning (3) 
Psy 5160: Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations of Behavior Analysis (3)
Psy 5200: Staff Training and Performance Management (3)
Psy 5510: Research Methods in Applied Settings (3)                       
Psy 5350: Behavior Analysis and Therapy 1 (3)                  
Psy 5360: Behavior Analysis and Therapy 2 (3)                  
Psy 5570: Behavioral Assessment (3)                                   
Psy 5500: Ethics and Behavioral Health Care (3)                 
Psy 5970: Practicum (6)

Program Options

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Psy 5420: Behavioral Medicine (3)
Psy 5450: Behavior Therapy (3) 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

EDSP 5510: Fundamentals of ASD (3)      
EDSP 5512: Comm. & Soc Skills for Children with ASD (3)
EDSP 5513: Early Intervention for Students with ASD (3)
EDSP 5514: Classroom Strategies for Children with ASD (3)

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Engaging in a graduate program can bring about financial challenges. You may want to investigate scholarship opportunities noted at the following link:

Meet The Faculty

Administrative Faculty

David Kreiner, PhD., Chair School of Nutrition, Kinesiology and Psychological Science

Duane A. Lundervold, PhD, BCBA-D, LPC. Program Coordinator, MS in Behavior Analysis

Program Faculty

Elizabeth Hughes Fong, PhD, BCBA, Licensed Behavior Specialist, Fielding Graduate University

Area of expertise: Diversity and behavior analysis, applied behavior analysis

Linda Heitzman-Powell, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist (LP), University of Kansas

Area of expertise: Applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorder, staff training and supervision

Susan Jarmuz-Smith, PsyD, BCBA-D, Licensed and Certified Psychologist; Diplomate, American Board of School Neuropsychology; Certified Brain Injury Specialist, University of Southern Maine

Area of expertise: Autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neuropsychological assessment and evaluation

Duane A. Lundervold, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Southern Illinois University

Area of expertise: Behavioral medicine, behavior therapy, behavioral assessment, applied  behavior analysis, older adults 

Christopher Rosada, PhD, BCBA, Licensed Behavior Specialist, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Area of expertise: Applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, staff training, behavioral health 


Dr. Duane Lundervold
Program Coordinator
Lov 1124
Tel: (660)543-4836


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