College of Education and Human Services

Behavior Analysis (MA)

Behavior Analysis (MA)

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Master of Arts (MA) offered in On-campus and Hybrid formats.

Behavioral Analysis Students

At Lindenwood University, the College of Education and Human Services offers an MA in Behavior Analysis. Behavior analysis is the science of systematically improving behaviors of shared importance to society. At Lindenwood University, the behavior analysis programs focus on the science of human behavior including principles of behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and professional practice guided by the science. Lindenwood’s course sequence is a verified course sequence (VCS) by the international professional association for behavior analysts, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

The MA in Behavior Analysis program is offered as a cohort program beginning each fall and spring. Upon completion of the MA in Behavior Analysis, graduates will have completed all necessary coursework and supervised fieldwork experiences necessary to register for the BCBA exam.

This degree uses entirely Open Educational Resources or no-cost textbooks.

What makes Lindenwood University’s Behavior Analysis program different?

  1. Small class sizes in a cohort model with dedicated full-time doctoral level faculty advisors.
  2. Distance learning options that retain the in-person experience through synchronous class meetings, office hours with faculty, and interactive pedagogy.
  3. Lab experiences to enhance practitioner skills both in applied and experimental settings.
  4. A focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion both in education and compassionate clinical practice.
  5. Community partnerships and fieldwork placement assistance to help students apply scholarly skills to serving real-world populations.
  6. Opportunities for student publications, presentations, and leadership roles in local and international organizations.
  7. Exam preparation embedded in course sequence from the first day of class lead to high pass rates on the BACB exam for recent cohorts.
  8. A curriculum that caters to traditional applications of behavior science and also prepares graduates to enter unique areas of practice and expand the field of behavior analysis into underserved areas.
  9. Incorporation of open educational resources and open educational pedagogy - no costs associated with lab experiences, course materials, or textbooks!

Students completing the MA in Behavior Analysis must

  • Commit to the cohort model (Option I or Option II) within this program and take all the courses in the sequence offered.
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete application procedures for admission to the university, pay required fees, and be approved by the dean.
  • Successfully complete a written entrance assessment.
  • Participate in an entrance interview with BCBA faculty.
  • Complete 42 semester hours of graduate coursework required to earn a Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Complete the degree requirements within five calendar years from the first day of the first term in which program commenced.
  • Meet all the requirements of the master’s program.
  • Submit graduation application by deadlines.

Note: Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA or other admissions requirements may be considered for further evaluation by the College of Education and Human Services. GRE score submission may be considered in support of an application for admission.