Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as the most research-based intervention for individuals with autism. ABA is an applied science and a profession that provides services to meet the diverse needs of individuals. The emphasis of the ABA doctoral major is on the development of behavior analysts who are scientist-practitioners. Students graduating from the major will receive training through coursework and research and practice activities with community partners.
Major Research Areas:
ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis, autism, behavior, behavior analysis, behavior management, behavioral intervention, children, developmental disabilities, experimental analysis of behavior, functional assessment, and positive behavior support.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- Master’s degree in behavior analysis or related field with strong behavior analysis content
- Minimum 3.50 GPA in a master’s major
- GRE required, preferred scores of:
- Verbal – 40 percentile or above
- Quantitative – 40 percentile or above
- Analytical – 40 percentile or above
- Research experiences and expertise
- Three strong letters of recommendation
- Campus visit and interview with ABA faculty members
- Personal statement describing experience and accomplishments in ABA, future goals, and reasons for applying
Students entering the doctoral major with their master’s degree are expected to have completed:
- 18 credit hours of didactic coursework in behavior analysis in the following areas: Basic behavioral principles (3 credits), research methods (3 credits), conceptual foundations (3 credits), applied behavior analysis (6 credits), and ethics (3 credits)
- An accepted master’s thesis, and
- 10 hours of practicum seminar.
Students lacking in any of these prerequisites will be required to take classes in the doctoral major to cover the missing prerequisites.