MS in Applied Behavior Analysis FAQs
I am interested in the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program. Where should I begin?
The first step in the process and the best way to get all of your questions answered is to attend an information session.
If you are unable to attend, please contact us at 310.258.2850 to set up an appointment.
What are the admission periods for the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program? When will I know if I am accepted?
For the masters programs in psychology, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology operates on a "rolling admissions" basis. This means we review and accept applications as they are completed. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline. You will receive a decision via mail within three to four weeks after the submission of your completed application.
Do I have to send in all application materials at once?
No. You can send in different parts of your application as they are completed. We will hold any materials that arrive under your name, but will only begin tracking your application and corresponding with you when we receive your online application.
What are my chances of being accepted into the program?
At Pepperdine, we utilize a holistic approach in our thorough review of each and every application. This means that we do not disqualify applicants based on any one part of their application. The average cumulative undergraduate GPA is above 3.0.
What are the minimum admission requirements?
Please visit our Admissions Requirements page for a full list.
Will professional references be accepted?
Can foundational courses be waived?
Students who have taken graduate-level courses judged to be equivalent in content to foundation level courses may petition to waive such courses. Previously taken courses will qualify for waiver consideration if they were taken no earlier than seven years prior to admission and a grade of "B" or better was earned. Applicants without recent coursework (within the last seven years) in psychology; however, will be required to complete foundational courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundational courses are offered as part of the master's program.
Where should I send my application materials?
I am an international applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit?
Is the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program offered on a semester basis?
The on-campus program offered at our West Los Angeles campus has two 15-week terms during Fall and Spring and two 7-week Summer sessions.
The online program has four 11-week terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). To apply for the online program, please see the program's website.
Can the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program be completed in less than two years?
On average, the program is completed in two years. However, some students may complete the program in 1.5 years if they waive courses or have already been working in the field and are eligible to take the 4-term course sequence.
When are classes offered?
Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Each class meets once per week. Classes are offered Monday-Thursday. During the summer term, classes meet twice per week.
Where is the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis program offered?
Applied Behavior Analysis courses are offered only at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.
Is funding available?
Yes. The best way to learn about opportunities for grants, loans, scholarships, and assistantship positions is to attend one of our Information Sessions, as most meetings include a Financial Aid presentation.
Does Pepperdine assist with fieldwork placement?
Students currently working in ABA-based settings can begin fieldwork and accrue hours in their first semester in the program. Students who are just entering this field will receive assistance in finding fieldwork placements once they have completed their first semester of foundational course work.
What is your antiracism and antidiscrimination statement?
The MSABA and GSEP psychology division stand in solidarity against racial inequities and injustice and other forms of discrimination and oppression. We are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment that is enriched and strengthened by diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity and national origin, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, age, ability status, and religion. GSEP also encourages all community members to engage in critical learning and reflection to strengthen our capacity for being effective, active, and outspoken against all forms of racism and intersectional oppression.