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Applied Behavior Analysis, MA

Program Mission

The goal of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program at McNeese State University is to provide students with a well-rounded, educational experience that provides a firm foundation in behavior analysis through an integrated sequence of coursework and practica.

Students complete a rigorous sequence of coursework related to the basic principles of learning and the applications of those principles to socially relevant issues. Practica experiences are provided in order to shape the clinical-skill sets of our students related to the application of behavior analytic principles to individuals with disabilities at the McNeese Autism Program. Additionally, all students are required to pass an exit exam and complete a thesis project (research or clinical in nature) prior to graduation.

The program, here at MSU, is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International ®, and includes a verified course sequence and practica experiences approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, INC ®. Following successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam.

Program Objectives

First and foremost, we strive to provide our students with a well-rounded educational experience that provides them with a firm foundation in behavior analysis.

To accomplish this we:

  1. Ensure that all courses are taught by professors, who have been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, INC ®.
  2. Ensure that our course requirements and content are aligned with the most recent BACB task list, as well as, those specified by Behavior Analysis Certification Board, INC ®.
  3. Require stringent mastery criteria (i.e., B or above) for coursework, practica, exit examinations, and thesis project.
  4. Ensure supervision of the practica experiences meets the standards set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, INC ®.

Mission of McNeese State University

McNeese State University is primarily a teaching institution whose mission is successful education of the undergraduate students and services to the employers and communities in its region. McNeese uses a traditional admissions process based on courses completed, GPA, and standardized test scores.

All academic programs at McNeese State University emphasize in-depth disciplinary knowledge and its application to academic and professional environments. McNeese graduates achieve success through the studied acquisition of content knowledge, the demonstration of discipline-specific skills and dispositions as well as mastery of general education competencies such as critical thinking, effective communication, and independent learning.

Mission of Association for Behavior Analysis, International ®

ABAI’s mission is to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Congruency Statement

The goals of all entities (the discipline and practice of behavior analysis, ABAI, and McNeese State University,) in which the McNeese State University ABA program is housed, are consistent and supported by the mission of our program. All entities, including the ABA program at McNeese State University, emphasize the importance of providing a top-notch educational experience. At the level of science and practice of behavior analysis, by completing our mission we produce individuals, who have received high-quality training in both the science and practice of behavior analysis. In alignment with the goals of ABAI, by providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience in behavior analysis, they are able to contribute to the behavior analytic literature through research, provide behavior analytic services and education related to the delivery of behavior analytic services to the community. Additionally, the McNeese ABA program inherently supports the mission of McNeese State University which includes graduating individuals, who are knowledgeable in their professional environments and have discipline-specific skills. Each entity’s mission statement within the macrosystem seems to support a common goal, which is to output productive, knowledgeable members of the community in which the entity provides services.

Outcomes Assessment

McNeese State University | Department of Psychology | Applied Behavior Analysis MA Program | Outcomes Assessment
20172016201520142013
Number of students whose degrees were conferred by the program.1776119
Median years until graduation for students whose degrees were conferred by the program.22222
Number of students enrolled in the program on January 1st of the reporting year.3326182226
Number of students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of degree.00301
Number of completed applications received.5245273024
Number of students admitted during the reporting year.2522161312
Number of Core Program Faculty Members.32333
Number of Other Contributors.97745
Number of first-time candidates sitting for their Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) examination.11-8118
Percentage of first time candidates passing the BCBA certification.73%-50%73%75%
Number of graduates obtaining a master- level state license as a behavior analyst.55387
Median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants admitted (report on a 4-point scale).3.93.363.3833.54
Median score on GRE combined (verbal + quantitative)289293.5291.5301293