The Department has also 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.

In addition, the graduate curriculum has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Thus, students who enroll in and meet grade requirements of select graduate courses as well as obtain clinical supervision by board certified faculty are eligible to sit for the BCBA exam at the master’s or doctoral level.

Curriculum Requirements

The coursework accompanying our Master's and Ph.D degrees fulfill the curricular requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. In addition, these programs are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science

The ABAI accredited master's program trains highly competent scientist-practitioners in applied behavioral science. The program offers courses on the empirical and conceptual foundations of behavioral science, and its research methods, but emphasizes coursework and supervised experience in behavioral assessment, analysis, intervention, and evaluation. Its mission is to advance empirically-based solutions to problems of societal importance.

Course Requirements

The M.A. degree requires 30 credit hours -- 12 of them in four content areas, 3 in a practicum. Students must also conduct, write, and orally defend an empirically-based thesis.

Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Derek Reed, Director of Graduate Studies, at dreed@ku.edu

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