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Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis

BACB ApprovedAssociation for Behavior Analysis International

McNeese State University's Master of Arts in Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board( BACB) and the on-campus program has also been accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The program prepares master's level graduates to practice in community settings as applied behavior analysts. It provides the academic training and supervised experience necessary for graduates to apply for national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Training emphasizes the development of both assessment and intervention skills. Students can complete the program on-campus or online. A Graduate Certificate program is also available for students who have previously completed a master’s degree and are interested in adding the BCBA credential to their existing master’s degree.


On-Campus option

Students complete 24 credit hours of core psychology classes and 31 credit hours of ABA concentration classes for a total of 55 credit hours. This is a non-thesis program that includes an internship. Our internship training program is Approved by the BACB as an Intensive Practicum satisfying all BACB experiential requirements to qualify for the BCBA exam. Internship placements for our on-campus students are in the McNeese Autism Program.


Graduate Assistantships

Most (>80%) students in our on-campus option receive financial support in the form a Graduate Assistantship. Graduate Assistants work as part of our clinical treatment team in the McNeese Autism Program. As Graduate Assistants, each student receives ongoing training in the implementation of ABA-procedures and collaborates with our staff of BCBA’s to provide effective treatment for patients in the McNeese Autism Program. Graduate Assistants receive a monthly stipend and a 50% tuition reduction.


On-Campus Course Sequence

Fall 1
  • PSYC 647 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 617 - Behavioral Assessment
  • PSYC 603 - Principles of Learning
  • PSYC 605 - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis(1 cr)
Interim (1 or 2)
  • PSYC 622 - Psychopathology
Spring 1
  • PSYC 612 - Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 628 - Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions
  • PSYC 626 - Social & Cultural Diversity
Summer 1
  • PSYC 621 - Applied Research Methods
  • PSYC 625 - Ethics for Behavior Analysts
Fall 2
  • PSYC 571 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 615 - Verbal Behavior
  • PSYC 658 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Spring 2
  • PSYC 620 - Single-Subject Methodology
  • PSYC 639 - Human Growth & Development
  • PSYC 694 - Intern I
Summer 2
  • PSYC 695 - Intern II
Fall 3
  • PSYC 696 - Intern III
  • PSYC 600 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis

Online Option

Students complete 24 credit hours of core psychology classes and 31 credit hours of ABA concentration classes for a total of 55 credit hours. This is a non-thesis program that includes an internship. Our internship training program is Approved by the BACB as an Intensive Practicum satisfying all BACB experiential requirements to qualify for the BCBA exam. Internship sites for students who live outside Southwest Louisiana must be approved by the Department of Psychology. For students in the online option who reside in Southwest Louisiana the internship placement site will be the McNeese Autism Program.


Online Course Sequence

Fall 1
1st 8-Weeks
  • PSYC 647 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 603 - Principles of Learning
2nd 8-Weeks
  • PSYC 617 - Behavioral Assessment
  • PSYC 605 - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 1 cr)
Interim 1
1st 8-Weeks
  • PSYC 622 - Psychopathology
Spring 1
1st 8-Weeks
  • PSYC 628 - Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions
  • PSYC 626 - Social & Cultural Diversity
2nd 8-Weeks
  • PSYC 612 - Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis
Summer 1
  • PSYC 621 - Applied Research Methods
  • PSYC 625 - Ethics for Behavior Analysts
Fall 2
  • PSYC 571 - Physiological Psychology (full term)
  • PSYC 615 - Verbal Behavior (full term)
  • PSYC 658 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (full term)
Spring 2
  • PSYC 620 - Single-Subject Methodology
  • PSYC 694 - Intern I
Summer 2
  • PSYC 639 - Human Growth & Development
  • PSYC 695 - Intern II
Fall 3
  • PSYC 696 - Intern III
  • PSYC 600 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is available to students who have previously completed a master’s degree who seek to add the BCBA credential. The curriculum is comprised of ABA-concentration coursework and may be completed either on-campus or online. Students in this option must have previously completed a master’s degree in a discipline recognized by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (http://bacb.com/bcba-option-1/) in order to sit for the BCBA exam following completion of the Graduate Certificate in ABA.


Graduate Certificate Course Sequence

Fall 1
  • PSYC 647 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3 cr)
  • PSYC 617 - Behavioral Assessment (3 cr)
  • PSYC 603 - Principles of Learning (3 cr)
  • PSYC 605 - Practicum in ABA (1 cr)
Spring 1
  • PSYC 612 - Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis (3 cr)
  • PSYC 628 - ABA Interventions (3 cr)
  • PSYC 620 - Single-Subject Methodology (3 cr)
Summer 1
  • PSYC 625 - Ethics for Behavior Analysts (3 cr)
  • PSYC 694 - ABA Internship (3 cr)
Fall 2
  • PSYC 615 - Verbal Behavior (3 cr)
  • PSYC 658 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 cr)
  • PSYC 695 - ABA Internship II (3 cr)
Spring 2
  • PSYC 600 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 cr)
  • PSYC 696 - ABA Internship III (3 cr)

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Prerequisites

  • Three hours of statistics plus a minimum of 18 hours in psychology, including 3 hours in each of the following: Experimental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology.

GRE & GPA

  • An acceptable GRE score, which is determined by the following formula: Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) x 150 + GRE (Verbal + Quantitative) score must equal a minimum of 1300. Please note that current GRE scores must be converted prior to calculating the formula.

Apply for Admission

  1. To apply for admission into Graduate School please submit the following:
    1. An online application for admission. An applicant may apply by accessing the following link: Online Application.
    2. Official copies of transcripts from each college attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruiting by the institutions attended.
    3. Official copies of the required GRE. Official test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to McNeese State University and cannot be more than five years old at the date of submission and application for admission.