Master of Science in Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis


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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.

Career Outlook

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2021 to 2031.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Common Job Titles for Psychology Graduates

Applied behavior analysis is a field where professionals work with patients of all different ages to assess behavior and develop intervention strategies. These strategies help patients develop new skills and meet their behavioral challenges.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Behavior analyst
  • Board certified behavior analyst (BCBA)
  • Senior therapist
  • Parent educator
  • Behavior consultant


Where Have EKU Psychology Graduates Worked?

Our program prepares high-quality professionals with a strong academic foundation—including theories, methods, and research findings of basic and applied psychology—and the skills to effectively apply this knowledge in private and public sector organizations.

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Employers Include:

  • United Way of Lancaster County
  • VIPKid
  • Lexington Rescue Mission
  • Mountain Comprehensive Care Centers

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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
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • 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 and their spouses
  • 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.

Certification as a BCBA

To become licensed as a behavior analyst in the state of Kentucky (and in most other states), an individual must be certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the leading international credentialing agency for behavior analysts accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Certification by the BACB requires completion of content-specific, approved coursework; a graduate degree in a relevant discipline; supervised experience; and a passing score on a professional examination developed by the BACB.

This program meets the educational requirements for pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In addition to their educational requirements, graduates of this program will need to pass an exam, complete supervised experience requirements, and complete an application process to become certified. Passing the BCBA exam provides eligibility to pursue independent practice and insurance reimbursement for services provided.

See the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website for up-to-date details.

If you already hold a master’s degree in any subject area, look at our 21 hour ABA graduate certificate.

Mission Statement

Graduates from the EKU MS in General Psychology, ABA concentration will display master’s level understanding of concepts and foundational knowledge in applied behavior analysis. EKU’s program will serve as the coursework part of student preparation to practice applied behavior analysis ethically to provide the best service possible for clients and to obtain and retain certification and licensure as practicing professionals in the future.

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. 


EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as addressing problem behaviors, behavioral research and measurement, building new behaviors, and foundations, concepts and principles in applied behavior analysis.

As part of our commitment to educational excellence, Eastern Kentucky University, in compliance with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and Applied Behavioral Analysis International, has met the requirements/required competencies and has transitioned to the BACB’s 5th Edition task list. For additional information, please speak to the program advisor.

Degree Requirements

A total of 33 credits are required to graduate.

View the applied behavior analysis program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 12 hours of credit from accredited institutions.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 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.


Bailey Bird

Bailey Bird

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Bailey Bird for information about the Psychology Master’s Degree program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August
Spring A January 5 January
Summer B June 5 June

Additional Contact Information

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Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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