COE: Master of Science (MS)
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The COE is currently accepting applications for prospective and current master’s, specialist, and doctoral students interested in a graduate research assistant or graduate teaching assistant position for the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 academic year. Please submit your application through the Google Form or contact the program representative if you have further questions.

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Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

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Slide 1 UMSL adds new Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
Students can begin enrolling in a new Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program after approval by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. The program was built upon the success of an existing certification program in the College of Education. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Application Deadline

While there are an application deadline, the sooner you apply for admission to the Graduate School and have your transcripts sent to UMSL, the more likely you will be admitted in time to register for courses with the best selection of days, times, and locations.

We only admit students in the Fall semester.

Admission Criteria

The College of Education follows Graduate School policies relating to admissions, academic standards, residency, transfer credit, time limitations, and thesis options.

  • A completed application. See How to Apply button above
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
    Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree before beginning the master’s program.
  • Entrance examinations
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is not required but may add value to the application.
    • International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission. Visit International Admissions for more information.
  • Grade Point Average Minimum of 2.75 on 4.0 scale.

Required Foundation Courses 

Students are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study.

SPEC ED 6641Basic Principles and Concepts of Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6642Behavior Assessment3
SPEC ED 6643Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis3
Total Hours9

Required Courses

Students are required to complete the following courses.

SPEC ED 6644Behavior Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6645Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6646Verbal Behavior Concepts and Applications3
SPEC ED 6647Advanced Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6648Behavior-Based Consultation and Supervision2
Total Hours14

Required Practicum Courses 

Through the course of five semesters, students are required to completed practicum courses in order to accrue the minimal hours of supervised experience required by the BACB to qualify for the BCBA exam.
SPEC ED 6651Practicum I in Applied Behavior Analysis2
SPEC ED 6652Practicum II in Applied Behavior Analysis2
SPEC ED 6653Practicum III in Applied Behavior Analysis 2
SPEC ED 6654Practicum IV in Applied Behavior Analysis2
SPEC ED 6655Practicum V in Applied Behavior Analysis2
Total Hours10

Required Research Courses 

These two research courses should be taken in sequence (not together) at the end of your program since the first course prepares you with the knowledge and skills to successfully complete an Action Research project in the capstone exit course. Students will design and execute a piece of original practitioner research and present your findings in a public forum.

SPEC ED 6661Capstone I in Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPEC ED 6662Capstone II in Applied Behavior Analysis3
Total Hours6
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (or BCBA) is a national credential obtained by completing a graduate program or coursework in behavior analysis and by passing the BCBA national examination. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. BCBAs may supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBTs), and other professionals who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
Missouri Licensed Behavior Analyst (MO-LBA)