Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in Applied Behavior Analysis


Information Session

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Information Session for Prospective Students

It is recommended that all prospective students attend at least one session.

When: September 11 / October 2 / November 6 2023 from 4:30PM - 5:30PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Location: King Hall B2015
Zoom participation is available

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. The program is committed to preparing students to meet national certification standards and to pursue doctoral training in behavior analysis.   

Program Objectives

  • PO1: Apply the principles and concepts of behavior analysis. 
  • PO2: Demonstrate basic counseling skills. 
  • PO3: Incorporate basic counseling skills in the application of behavior analysis. 
  • PO4: Become ethical scientist practitioners 
  • PO5: Demonstrate knowledge and competency in accordance with the task list provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 
  • PO6: Conduct evidence-based practices in accordance with the most current standards presented by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 

Program Information

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 ( 

Accreditation and Verified Course Sequence

The M.S. in Counseling, option in Applied Behavior Analysis is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. In addition, the current course sequence is an approved Verified Course Sequence by the Association for Behavior Analysis international. The current course sequence meets the 5th edition coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination.


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Program Faculty

Michele D. Wallace, Ph.D., BCBA-D 
Professor, Program Coordinator

Division of Special Education & Counseling
Office: King Hall C-1072F
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Research Interests: The assessment and treatment of problem behavior, parent and staff training, and supervision practices.



Jennifer Weyman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Assistant Professor

College of Education
Division of Special Education & Counseling
Office: King Hall C-1072F
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Research Interests: The assessment and treatment of problem behavior, assessment of restricted and repetitive behavior, and parent training.

Denice Rios Mojica

Dr. Denice Rios Mojica, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor

Division of Special Education & Counseling
Office: KH A2034
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Research Interests: Supervision/Training, Telehealth,Assessment and treatment of problem behavior, microaggressions and culturally responsive mentorship practices.