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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration, MA

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Total Hours Required for Degree:  58

McNeese State University’s Master of Arts in Psychology program with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The program prepares master’s level graduates to practice in community settings as applied behavior analysts. It provides the academic training and supervised experience necessary for graduates to apply for national board certification in behavior analysis. Training emphasizes the development of both assessment and intervention skills.

The student is required to complete 18 hours of core credits and 40 credit hours of concentration classes for a total of 58 credit hours. This is a thesis program and internship. All practicum and internship placements are in the McNeese Autism Program and/or the Clinical Applied Behavior Analysis Academy. The Department of Psychology also has human and animal operant lab facilities in which students can gain experience in single-subject procedures.

The Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration, MA program is offered both face-to-face and 100% online.


In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum score of 285 on the GRE (Quantitative + Verbal).
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Three hours of statistics plus a minimum of 18 hours in psychology, including 3 hours in each of the following: experimental psychology, abnormal psychology, and social psychology.
  • The above are considered as minimum requirements. In addition, students must be accepted by the Departmental Admissions and Retention Committee, which will make its determination subsequent to the student’s completion of 12 hours or the first semester of graduate work. Students are considered to be working on the Master of Arts in Psychology only after being accepted by the committee and being admitted to candidacy.

General Notes

  • At least one-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree, excluding credit for thesis, must be at the 600 level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations  page.

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