Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Welcome to M.S. Degree in Counseling (Applied Behavior Analysis)


Information session for prospective students

When: October 24, 2022 from 3:30PM - 4:30PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Location: King Hall B3012

Zoom participation is available


The aim of the program is to provide a comprehensive training in behavior analysis with an emphasis in application.  Students are expected to develop both a theoretical understanding as well as mastery of the application of the science of behavior.

Program Mission

The Master of Science degree in Counseling, with an option in Applied Behavior Analysis trains students in the principles, concepts, and application of behavior analysis from within a counseling framework. Special consideration is given to incorporating counseling skills in the application of behavior analysis concepts. We are committed to preparing students to meet national certification standards and to pursue doctoral training in behavior analysis.

Program Descriptions

Master of Science in Counseling (Applied Behavior Analysis Option) [52-56 units]
(Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International; Verified Course Sequence (VCS); Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork)

  • Applied Behavior Analysis is the application of learning principles to problems of social importance.  It is a systematic, performance-based, self-evaluative methodology for assessing and changing socially important behavior.
  • This program is designed for those who plan to work as a behavior analyst who work with individuals with inteledtual and developmental disabilities in various settings. This program also help prepare those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in behavior analysis
  • Accepts ~ 24 students per year
  • This program is housed within the College of Education in the Division of Special Education and Counseling. Current full-time faculty: Dr. Michele Wallace, and Dr. Jennifer Weyman

Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis: [21 units; Post Baccalaureate]

  • This program is designed to provide the behavior-analytic course work to meet the content area requirements by the BACB. It is designed for those whishing to pursue their BCBA certificate.
  • Those who complete the program will develop specialized skills for designing; implementing and evaluating Applied Behavior Analysis programs in behavior management, motivation, teaching, and consultation.
  • Students who apply for the certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings should already have a master degree or are currently enrolled in a master degree program. Note: Students interested in qualifying for the certification exam should verify that their Master’s degree qualifies with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ( 

Affiliated Programs:

ABA information sessions:

We offer several Zoom information sessions to cover the program requirements and provide a brief introduction to the M.S. Degree in Counseling (Applied Behavior Analysis) and what to expect in the program. It is recommended that all prospective students attend at least one session. 

To be announced.

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Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in Applied Behavior Analysis