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The Department of Psychology



The Department of Psychology
and the Division of Special Education and Counseling jointly offer options in
Applied Behavior Analysis. Both options have been accredited by the Association
for Behavior Analysis and are awaiting reaccreditation. The M.S. in psychology,
Applied Behavior Analysis option is comprised of 55 quarter units, including
courses offered by both the psychology departments and the division of special
education and counseling.  The option is designed to develop specialized
professional competence in the application of behavior analysis to the education
and treatment of typical, autistic and developmentally disabled children as well
as populations in other settings (e.g., business and industry).  The curriculum
also prepares interested students for doctoral training.


application must be accompanied by a brief, but complete, letter of intent
containing a personal summary of your interest in Applied Behavior Analysis,
your plans for specialization, and any experience you have had in this area. 
Also, submit two academic letters of recommendation and official transcripts
attached to your application.  In addition to the application, letters of
reference and transcripts, a personal interview with the program director is
required. Deadline for student applications is March 1st.
Notification of application status will no later than May 1st and
usually by April 1st.

addition to the requirements for application to the University and the
Department, completion of the MS program in Applied Behavior Analysis requires a
personal interview with members of the Departments of Psychology and Counselor
Education for placement in the required fieldwork component of the program. To
insure that this eligibility is established, and will not prevent completion of
the program, students are strongly advised to complete this interview as part of
the process of application. The interview is conducted jointly by members of the
Department of Psychology and the Division of Special Education and Counseling,
and may be arranged by contacting Dr. Hank Schlinger in Psychology.  The
interview should be completed before any class work is begun.



PSY 417          Single case design

PSY 421          Learning and behavior

PSY 428          Introduction to Analysis of Behavior

PSY 500          Seminar in Learning and behavior

PSY 528          Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis

PSY 595          Fieldwork in Psychology


PSY 596         
Comprehensive Examination

PSY 598         
Graduate Directed Study


PSY 597          Graduate research (Thesis preparation)

599          Thesis


CE 501            Behavioral analysis in school and

CE 502            Adv/Behavior therapy

CE 504            Applications of behavior analysis to

CE 592            Behavior Interventions for Severe
Behavior Problems (4)

CE 593            Practicum: Consultation and staff


Interested students should contact the Department of Psychology at California
State University Los Angeles (323) 343-2250, or contact the program Director,
Dr. Hank Schlinger at
or by telephone at (323) 343-2257.

University Catalog

Application Form

See Application Form in Graduate Handbook

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