psychology

Specialization in Behavior Analysis

Degrees Offered

M.S., Ph.D.

Program Description

Behavior Analysis is an area of psychology that focuses on environmental influences on behavior. The goal of this program will be to train behavior analysts to (a) implement state of the art behavior analytic assessments and interventions, (b) consume, evaluate, and translate basic and applied research into effective practice, (c) make contributions to their field through scholarly writing and presenting, (d) become leaders and innovators in their field, and (e) promote the ideals of social justice and equality as professionals. This program will achieve these goals through intensive coursework, research mentorship, development of an area of specialization, and practicum training.

Along with their coursework, students receive research mentorship in a junior-colleague training model with their major professor to develop their research skill. Students will also complete practicum training to develop skill in the hands-on application of behavioral technologies. Students develop an area of specialization within their field to become a leader and innovator in their area of expertise.

Following completion of the program requirements for graduation, students will have the required coursework and practical experience to register for and pass the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and either continue to a doctoral training program or obtain employment as a behavior analyst.

Students may also be interested to learn about a specialization in Clinical Psychology. You can learn more about Marquette's Department of Psychology by visiting their website.

Required Coursework

The coursework of this program will include courses in basic and applied behavior analysis, advanced behavioral principles, research design, statistical analysis, ethics and professionalism, and consultation. These courses are modeled after the requirements for graduates to sit for certification examination by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).

Master's Level Courses:

Course Title Credit Hours
Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Concepts and Principles of Behavior 3
Single Subject Research Methods 3
Verbal Behavior 3
Functional Assessment and Treatment 3
Ethics and Professional Development 3
Behavioral Consultation and Supervision 3
Practicum in Behavior Analysis 3
Master’s Thesis or Final Project 6
Tota for M.S.l: 30

Additional Doctoral Level Courses:

Course Title Credit Hours
Translational Foundations 3
Advanced Statistics and Design 1 3
Advanced Statistics and Design 2 3
Advanced Research Methods 3
Advanced Conceptual Course 3
Advanced Basic Research Course 3
Skill Acquisition and Emergence 3
Doctoral Dissertation 12
Total for Ph.D. 63

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • A personal statement of 1,000 words or fewer that includes discussion of academic and professional experiences and goals. The statement should comment on how the applicant's experiences and/or interests would contribute to fostering diversity in the clinical psychology program. An individual’s ability to enrich diversity to the program, in addition to his/her very presence, can involve, but is not limited to, personal identity (e.g., ethnic identity, religious identity, national origin), intellectual contributions (typically in the form of research interests), and/or personal history or experiences that allow the applicant to bring a unique perspective/worldview (e.g., history of overcoming significant disadvantage, first in family to go to college).
  • Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic work and/or research experience.
  • GRE test scores (General Test only).
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • The highest ranking applicants will be invited to an interview.

Application Deadline

December 1st for the following fall term.

Financial Aid

Teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) are awarded to full-time students in the doctoral program.

Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.