Applied Behavior Analysis, MS

Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences; Munroe Meyer Institute, UNMC

Vision Statement

The certificate program complements the existing MS in applied behavior analysis. The MS degree is for those individuals with a bachelor’s degree seeking a master’s degree and a program of coursework and practicum leading to Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. The certificate program is for those individuals who already have a masters, Educational Specialist or PhD degree and wish to acquire additional knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis.

Program Contact Information

Mark Shriver, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Munroe Meyer Institute
402.559.6408
mshriver@unmc.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

This UNO ABA certificate program does not lead to Board Certification in Behavior Analysis unless one takes all courses in the ABAI verified course sequence listed below and the BACB practicum (750-1500 hours) or BCBA supervised field experience. In addition, the individual’s degree must be in psychology or education or applied behavior analysis. See BACB website for more details on attaining BCBA.

All coursework is online. However, all online courses require a synchronous meeting, typically weekly, which students will join via Zoom video.  All courses, including online courses, follow a semester schedule sequence. Online courses are not offered asynchronously.

Although a university practicum experience is offered, due to the intensity of the supervision requirements, full-time employees who are seeking BCBA and taking courses part-time are strongly encouraged to consider supervised field experience option instead. See https://www.bacb.com/experience-standards-monthly-system/

Admissions

Application Deadlines (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020)

  • Fall:  January 10

Program-Specific Requirements

  • A minimum of 15 undergraduate semester hours (or the equivalent) of psychology courses including: basic statistics and an upper level laboratory course, independent research, or equivalent, emphasizing the experimental method, data collection, statistical analysis, and report writing are required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose should include: your purpose in applying for graduate study, your particular area of specialization within the major field, your plans for future occupation or profession, and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for graduate study. You should specifically address your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study.
  • Senior authored writing sample
  • Resume
  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based; 80 internet-based; 53 PTE, or 6.5 IELTS is required for this program.

Degree Requirements

Grades of B or better are required for each course.
PSYC 8000THE PROFESSION OF PSYCHOLOGY0
PSYC 9040PROSEMINAR LEARNING 13
PSYC 9230PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 9560PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 9910TOPICAL SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY (Applied Statistics)3
PSYC 8520FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT3
PSYC 8550PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS 13
PSYC 8576BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND INTERVENTIONS 13
PSYC 8700ETHICS AND LAW FOR PSYCHOLOGY AND APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS 13
PSYC 9570APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS 13
PSYC 9100SMALL N RESEARCH DESIGNS 13
PSYC 9470PRACTICUM IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS 112
Select one of the following:3-6
RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS (3 hours)
THESIS (6 hours)
Total Credits45-48

Exit Requirement

  • Comprehensive Examination

The ABA Handbook is a comprehensive resource for prospective and current students in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at UNO. Refer to this document for information concerning the program content, training, policies, research, and more.