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Department of Psychology

Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis Option

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Applied Behavior Analysis is a branch of psychology dedicated to the application of the principles of learning to change socially significant behavior.  Applied Behavior Analysts work in a wide variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, universities, zoos, private businesses, and specialized treatment programs.  Applied Behavior analysts also work with a wide variety of populations, including children, adults, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, businesses, and domestic and wild animals.  

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) graduate program at Fresno State provides students with the academic coursework, research experience, and supervised field experience. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the courses listed below 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. The link below describes the supervised experience component.  The ABA program provides students with experience in clinical treatment for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, health and fitness applications, animal training, organizational behavior management, and environmental sustainability. Students and faculty regularly present at state and national conferences and publish in various relevant journals. All of our graduates secure competitive employment in this specialty upon graduation, with approximately a third of all graduates choosing to pursue doctoral-level studies. Over the past two years, our graduates had a first-time pass rate of 100% on the BCBA exam.

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