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Department of Psychology


The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Course list
Courses Course Description Units
PSYCH 221 Advanced Learning and Human Behavior 4
PSYCH 223 Verbal Behavior 4
PSYCH 244 Measurements, Research Methods, and Statistics 4
PSYCH 245 Research Methods and Behavior Analysis 4
PSYCH 268 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 1x4
PSYCH 271 Community Interventions & Support 3
PSYCH 288 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis 4
PSYCH 289 Functional Assessment & Intervention 4
PSYCH 220T ABA for Organization and Systems 4
PSYCH 255T Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Behavior Analysis 3
PSYCH 255T Philosophy in Behavior Analysis 3
PSYCH 299 Thesis (3-6)

* This course includes the department's writing exam requirement.


Our program provides the necessary supervised fieldwork required by the BACB to sit for the BCBA exam upon graduation.  Students must complete 1500 hours of supervised experience under this model. ABA graduate students complete all of their supervise fieldwork experience through our Focused Behavioral Services at Fresno State.  Continued inclusion in any supervised fieldwork experience is contingent on the conditions set out in a contract established between the supervising BCBA and the student. Any additional form of outside employment is highly discouraged.

The M.A. in ABA requires completion of a thesis that is consistent with the research practices of psychology, the American Psychological Association's publication standards, and the requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies. A thesis is the written product of the systematic study of a significant problem. This is designed and conducted in close collaboration with a faculty mentor.