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).
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/.
For detailed information about program learning outcomes, admissions criteria and curriculum requirements, see the graduate catalog.
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)
Psy 5420: Behavioral Medicine (3)
Psy 5450: Behavior Therapy (3)
SpEd 5510: Fundamentals of ASD (3)
SpEd 5512: Comm. & Soc Skills for Children with ASD (3)
SpEd 5513: Classroom Strategies for Children with ASD (3)
SpEd 5514: Early Intervention for Students with ASD (3)
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.
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.
David Kreiner, PhD., Chair School of Nutrition, Kinesiology and Psychological Science
Duane A. Lundervold, PhD, BCBA-D, LPC. Program Coordinator, MS in Behavior Analysis
Elizabeth Fong, PhD, BCBA
Area of expertise: Diversity and behavior analysis, applied behavior analysis.
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.
Matthew Law, PhD, BCBA, LBA
Area of expertise: autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Duane A. Lundervold, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Area of expertise: Behavioral medicine, behavior therapy, behavioral assessment, applied behavior analysis, older adults.
The course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, simplifying the process of applying for the Board Certified (Assistant) Behavior Analyst credential.