Behavior Analysis, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Behavior Analysis
Department:Health Sciences and Administration
Building 38, Room 135A
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:30.1701
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 39-45

The Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis will prepare students for a career in Behavior Analysis by offering the curriculum and degree requirements for national and international examinations to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Qualified Behavior Analysts (QBA), and International Behavior Analysts (IBA). Core courses are aligned with accreditation standards set forth by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and include a thesis and supervised practical application experience.

The degree program is 39-45 variable credit hours. The curriculum includes foundations, concepts, assessment, intervention, measurement, research design, and experimental analysis with areas of emphasis on practice in healthcare and organizational behavior management.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Undergraduate institutional GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Submission of a personal statement written by the applicant that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability using APA style, experience and support in the field, and evidence of academic success. Letters will be graded by the admissions committee using a rubric.
  • An oral interview.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one preferably from a former instructor and one from a supervisor.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of Academic Credits: Completion of all courses with a Grade of “B” or higher to include the following: 21 credits (7 courses) of core academic learning, 3 credits (1 course) advanced research design, 6 credits (2 courses) of Supervised Applied experience, which includes completion of a thesis, and 9 credits (4 courses) of OBM and performance management curriculum. There is an optional 3 credit (1 course) offering for students seeking to apply for QABA certification. Any student is allowed to repeat EAB 6940 Applied Experience II for academic credit. This degree consists of a minimum of 39 credits with a maximum of 45 credits. 
  • GPA: Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 in order to graduate.
  • Applied Experience: Satisfactory completion (“B”) of a minimum of 3 credit hours in EAB 6195 Applied Experience I and 3 credit hours in EAB 6940 Applied Experience II.
  • Thesis: Satisfactory completion of a final thesis/capstone which is part of the Applied Experience grade.

**Note This program is pending final approval by the UWF Board of Trustees and Florida Board of Governors. 

Required Courses

EAB 5005Foundations and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EAB 5065Supervision and Fluency Management3
EAB 5745Applied Behavior Analysis in Organizational Settings2
EAB 5746Behavior Systems Analysis2
EAB 6195Applied Experience I3
EAB 6940Applied Experience II3-6
EAB 5700Behavior Assessment3
EAB 6799Measurement and Single Case Design3
EAB 5767Behavior Intervention3
EAB 6780Ethical Considerations in Applied Behavior Analysis3
EAB 6140Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EAB 5708Experimental Analysis of Behavior3
EAB 6797Advanced Single Case Design3
EAB 5740Behavioral Science Strategies for Performance2
Total Hours39-42

Optional Elective 

HSA 5424Clinical and Legal Considerations in Autism Treatment3