Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

The Department offers a program that allows students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®). For this, they (a) take 225 content hours in areas such as basic principles, research design, assessment, application and ethics in 16 courses pre-approved by the BACB®; (b) complete 1500 hours of field experience supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (e.g., faculty member, doctoral student); and (c) complete the Master’s degree program. They may then take the examination. Students interested in pursuing this certification should discuss this path with their advisor. 

Graduate Certificate in Community Health and Development

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) has established a one-year Certificate Program in Community Health and Development. The certificate program offers advanced training and University-based certification to those involved in building healthy communities. The focus is on training in core aspects of community work—from community assessment and strategic planning to intervention, evaluation, and sustainability.

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Community Health and Development

Fellowships, Assistantships and Other Funding Opportunities

Departmental Awards and Funding

Graduate School Guidelines on Research and Teaching Assistantships

The latest information about Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) may be found at the website of the Provost's Office. where you will find eligibility requirements, information about tuition assistance, and general guidelines.

Graduate School Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

The graduate school offers a number of different fellowships to attract particularly strong applicants. A Dissertation Fellowship may be applied for after students have successfully proposed their dissertation project. An ethnic minority GTA scholarship is also available. Application and eligibility information for all of these programs may be obtained.

Graduate School Travel Fund

Once during your graduate career, you may receive a $400 award to cover expenses associated with attending and presenting a paper at a professional conference. Be sure to apply early in the year you hope to secure funding. The graduate school has a limited amount of funding; it is awarded on a first come-first-served basis. More information may be obtained.

Career Opportunities

ABS Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

To rsvp for the ABS undergraduate recognition ceremony, please click here.
You MUST fill out this form in order to receive a personalized certificate from the department.

For your name to appear in the program, you must respond by Monday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
It is intended for Fall 2016 graduates and candidates for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduation.

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Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times