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MS Behavioral Psychology 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- 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)
  Elective (3)
  Total Units 9
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; co-requisite: 616] (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613; co-requisite: 614] (2)
  Total Units 10
Semester III
PSY 625 Selecting and Implementing ABA-Based Interventions [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
PSY 618 Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA (2)
  Total Units 9
Semester IV
PSY 618 Supervision and Management for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
PSY 629 Behaviorism (3)
  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA (2)
  Total Units 10

Elective options (presented below in order suggested one takes the courses):

  1. PSY 658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development
  2. PSY 622 Multicultural Counseling
  3. PSY 657 Psychopathology
  4. PSY 668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents [prerequisite: 658]

Note: It is required that students in the MA in Behavioral Psychology program complete 32-38 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)
  Total Units 6
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; co-requisite: 616] (3)
  Total Units 8
Semester III
PSY 625 Selecting and Implementing Interventions in ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615]                (2)
PSY 619 Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613, 615; co-requisite: 614] (2)
  Total Units 9
Semester IV
PSY 618  Supervision and Management for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615]                                        (3)
PSY 629 Behaviorism (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613, 615; co-requisite: 614] (2)
  Total Units 7
Semester V
  Elective (3)
  Elective (3)
PSY 620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613, 615; co-requisite: 614]                                    (2)
  Total Units 8

Elective options (presented below in order suggested one takes the courses):

  1. PSY 658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development
  2. PSY 622 Multicultural Counseling
  3. PSY 657 Psychopathology
  4. PSY 668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents [prerequisite: 658]

Note: It is required that students in the MA in Behavioral Psychology program complete 32-38 units to graduate, depending upon previous coursework. If you have any questions please contact your program advisor

Course Sequence Prior to Fall 2018

4 Term Sequence prior to Fall 2018

Semester I: 9 units
613 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
615 Measurement, Data Analysis, and Experimental Design for ABA [co-requisite: 613] (3)
658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development (3)
Semester II: 10 units
614 Ethical and Professional Conduct for ABA (3)
616 Applications of ABA for Behavior Change [prerequisites: 613, 615] (3)
617 Assessment Procedures for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613] [co-requisite: 614] (2)
Semester III: 10 units
618 Intervention, Management, and Supervision for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
622 Multicultural Counseling (3)
657 Psychopathology (3)
620 Practicum in ABA (2)
Semester IV: 7 units
619 Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
620 Practicum in ABA (2)

5 Term Sequence prior to Fall 2018

Semester I: 6 units
613 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
615 Measurement, Data Analysis, and Experimental Design for ABA [co-requisite: 613] (3)
Semester II: 8 units
614 Ethical and Professional Conduct for ABA (3)
616 Applications of ABA for Behavior Change [prerequisites: 613, 615] (3)
617 Assessment Procedures for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
Semester III: 7 units
618 Intervention, Management, and Supervisor for ABA [prerequisites: 613, 615] (2)
658 Individual, Couple, and Family Development (3)
620 Practicum in ABA [prerequisite: 613] [co-requisite: 614] (2)
Semester IV: 7 units
619 Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
657 Psychopathology (3)
620 Practicum in ABA (2)
Semester V: 8 units
622 Multicultural Counseling (3)
668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
620 Practicum in ABA (2)