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MS Applied Behavior Analysis Courses

This program provides the breadth and depth of topics, theory, and practicum needed to become a highly competent and compassionate board-certified behavior analyst. Its comprehensive curriculum includes the foundational aspects of Applied Behavior Analysis, in-depth explorations of ethical conduct, psychopathology, human development, and multicultural considerations, among others.

Class Schedules

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

GSEP offers three academic terms per year. The curriculum can be completed in less than two years, in either a four-term or five-term sequence.

Note: Courses are subject to availability each term.

Four-Term Sequence:

Semester I
PSY 613 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
PSY 615 Measurement, Data Analysis, and Experimental Design for ABA [co-requisite: 613] (3)
PSY 630  Preparation for Practicum  (2)
  Total Units 8
Semester II
PSY 614 Ethical and Professional Conduct for ABA (3)
PSY 616 Applications of ABA for Behavior Change [prerequisites: 613, 615; co-requisite: 617] (2)
PSY 617 Assessment Procedures for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615, 630; co-requisite: 614] (2)
  Total Units 10
Semester III
PSY 625 Selecting and Implementing ABA-Based Interventions [prerequisites: 613, 614, 615, 616, and 617] (2)
PSY 619 Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
Psy 6XX  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615: co-requisite: 614]  (2)
  Total Units 9
Semester IV
PSY 618 Supervision and Management for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
PSY 629 Behaviorism [prerequisites: 613, 615] (3)
PSY 6XX  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615; co-requisite: 614 (2)
  Total Units 10

Elective options:

  1. PSY 600 Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders [prerequisite: 657] (3 units)
  2. PSY 603 Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (3 units)
  3. PSY 658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development (3 units)
  4. PSY 622 Multicultural Counseling (3 units)
  5. PSY 626 Research and Evaluation Methods for Mental Health Professionals (3 units)
  6. PSY 656 Physiological Psychology (3 units)
  7. PSY 657 Psychopathology (3 units)
  8. PSY 667 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 units)
  9. PSY 668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents [prerequisite: 658] (3 units)

Note: It is required that students in the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program complete 31-37 units to graduate, depending upon previous coursework. If you have any questions please contact your program advisor

Five-Term Sequence:

Semester I
PSY 613 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
PSY 615 Measurement, Data Analysis, and Experimental Design for ABA [co-requisite: 613] (3)
PSY 630 Preparation for Practicum  (2)
  Total Units 8
Semester II
PSY 614 Ethical and Professional Conduct for ABA (3)
PSY 616 Applications of ABA for Behavior Change [prerequisites: 613, 615; co-requisite: 617] (2)
PSY 617 Assessment Procedures for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (3)
  Total Units 8
Semester III
PSY 625 Selecting and Implementing ABA-Based Interventions [prerequisites: 613, 614, 615, 616, and 617]                (2)
PSY 619 Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615, 630; co-requisite: 614] (2)
  Total Units 6
Semester IV
PSY 618  Supervision and Management for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615]                                        (2)
PSY 6XX Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613, 615; co-requisite: 614] (2)
  Total Units 7
Semester V
PSY 629 Behaviorism [prerequisites: 613, 615] (3)
PSY 6XX  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613, 615; co-requisite: 614]                                    (2)
  Total Units 8

Elective options:

  1. PSY 600 Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders [prerequisite: 657] (3 units)
  2. PSY 603 Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (3 units)
  3. PSY 658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development (3 units)
  4. PSY 622 Multicultural Counseling (3 units)
  5. PSY 626 Research and Evaluation Methods for Mental Health Professionals (3 units)
  6. PSY 656 Physiological Psychology (3 units)
  7. PSY 657 Psychopathology (3 units)
  8. PSY 667 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 units)
  9. PSY 668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents [prerequisite: 658] (3 units)

Note: It is required that students in the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program complete 31-37 units to graduate, depending upon previous coursework. If you have any questions please contact your program advisor