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MS in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis


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Earn the Important Skills Needed to Become a Behavior Analyst

EKU’s 100% online master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis provides the critical skills needed to help bring positive change to the lives of individuals living with behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. Graduates are prepared to work in school, residential, or community-based settings and with different populations including, children, adults and seniors.

Prepare for career opportunities including:

  • Behavior Analyst
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Senior Therapist
  • Parent Educator
  • Behavior Consultant
  • Educational Consultant
  • Behavior Specialist
  • ABA Therapist

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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Watch this video to learn more about a scientific field focused on helping people reach their outcomes through behavior change. 

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Benefits of EKU Online

Rooted in established, evidence-based practices and principles, our comprehensive program prepares graduates to pursue rewarding careers in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

Program benefits include:

  • 100% online – no required campus visits
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence for the 5th Edition of the BACB task list
  • Graduates who have completed supervised experience requirements are qualified to sit for the BCBA exam and, upon passing, are eligible to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided
  • GRE waived for students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Research opportunities
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Personalized graduation plan

Verified Course Sequence

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions, see section 7 of the University graduate catalog.

PSY 813 – Ethics and Professional Conduct in ABA (3)
Foundational ethics for behavior analysts practicing across applied and research areas.

PSY 833 – Behavioral Research and Measurement (3)
Review of principles and practices underlying behavioral measurement and single subject research designs.

PSY 855 – Addressing Problem Behaviors (3)
Review of principles, practices, and methods used to decrease problem behaviors as well as general intervention and behavior change procedures.

PSY 895 – Building New Behaviors (3)
Review of principles, practices, and methods used to increase desired behavior.

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About Our University

Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, College of Education & Applied Human Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety & Military Science.