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MS in Behavioral Psychology - Evening format

Masters in behavioral psychology and MS in behavioral psychology - Pepperdine GSEP

Real-world training for careers in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Our new Master of Science in Behavioral Psychology program is designed to prepare students for careers in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Students will become highly competent practitioners in this high-growth field, gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to treat children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Graduates obtain the academic preparation required for becoming a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

The BACB exam pass-rate data can be found here. Pass-rate data are not published for verified course sequences within their first four years of operation.

Program Overview

Program Length / Units

1.5-2 years / 36 units

Unit Cost


Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

Campus Location

West Los Angeles (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)


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In addition to rigorous theoretical study, we incorporate three semesters of practicum. This provides students with the opportunity to begin accruing the experience hours necessary for certification. Students currently working in ABA settings can begin supervised fieldwork with a BCBA in their work settings 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.

Masters of Science in Behavioral Psychology

Program Benefits

  • A traditional classroom format, which primarily meets in the evening in order to best serve the working professional
  • Small class sizes that provide for faculty mentorship, close peer interaction, and optimal intellectual and professional growth
  • A supportive learning environment and faculty who have exemplary academic achievements and professional expertise
  • A scholar-practitioner model which integrates theory and best practices
  • An accessible graduate campus in West Los Angeles located just off the 405 freeway