The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S. in ABA) is an on-campus only degree program that will train graduate students to provide behavioral consultation, support, and training to teachers, staff, parents, and individuals with challenging behaviors and/or intensive training needs.
The MS in ABA will provide opportunities for graduate students to work within schools*, homes, and/or other facilities that house individuals with challenging behaviors. In addition, graduate students will be exposed to individuals from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, and disability backgrounds.
The program at the University of Kentucky (UK) will focus on children and youth with challenging behaviors from 2 years of age through 21 years of age. In addition, our focus will be on children and youth identified with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorder (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, as well as other academic or mental health issues that affect the child’s or youth’s behavior.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has accepted courses within the MS in ABA program as an “approved course sequence.” In addition, students in the MS in ABA program will receive required supervision within the practicum setting. The approved course sequence and practicum/supervision requirements will prepare completers of the MS in ABA to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. More information regarding the BCBA examination and requirements can be found at www.bacb.com.
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, education, special education, social work, communication disorder, or a closely related field.
- Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average or a minimum of 3.25 graduate grade point average.
- Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores to the Graduate School; the Institution Code for the GRE for UK Graduate School is R1837. There are no specific GRE subtests required.
- Applicants must secure three (3) letters of recommendations with one related to academic performance (e.g., from professor, advisor) and two related to the applicant’s work with children and youth (e.g., from practicum supervisor, research supervisor).
- Applicants must submit a writing sample of a scholarly paper (e.g., research paper, literature review completed in APA formatting).
- Applicants must participate in an interview with program faculty.
- Upon acceptance, applicants must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check (due to the nature of the work performed by behavior analysts).
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on all program coursework.
- Earning a C or lower on any program coursework results in academic probation and the student must retake the course; if a student earns a second grade of C or lower, the student may be dismissed from program.
- Students must demonstrate professional behaviors throughout the program in accordance with the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB, 2015) ethical guidelines.
- Per practicum observation or report from practicum supervisors, students may be placed on academic probation or may be dismissed from the program for violations of the BACB (2015) ethical guidelines. This would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with the level of violation being taken into account.
How to Apply
Please review the requirements below and complete an online application to the Graduate School.
- Applied Behavior Analysis: Program Application Requirements
- Graduate School Admission Requirements
- Online Application to the Graduate School
*Please note that this program does not qualify for a rank change through the Education Professional Standards Board or lead to teacher certification.