Behavior Analysis Graduate Programs

Be The Difference. Become a Behavior Analyst.

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Students may also be interested in our Clinical Psychology graduate program

More information can be found on the Psychology department website

Behavior Analysis is an area of psychology that focuses on environmental influences on behavior. Marquette’s program provides exemplary training in both research and practice with a focus on serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In both MS and Ph.D. programs, students will complete intensive coursework, receive research mentorship, develop an area of specialization, and complete rigorous practicum training, the goals of this program will be to train behavior analysts to:

  • Implement state of the art behavior analytic assessments and interventions
  • Consume, evaluate, and translate basic and applied research into effective practice
  • Make contributions to their field through scholarly writing and presenting
  • Become leaders and innovators in their field
  • Promote the ideals of social justice and equality as professionals

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.


Unique program features

As a student of Behavior Analysis at Marquette, you can expect excellence from our graduate program. 

Mentorship under world-renowned experts

Marquette students will have the opportunity to study under world renowned experts in behavior analysis including Drs. Tiffany Kodak, Jeffrey Tiger, and Douglas Woods. Students will not only take classes from these faculty, but will have the opportunity to receive practicum training and research mentorship as well. Students are admitted to the MS and Ph.D. program directly by one of these faculty mentors who will serve as the academic advisor for each admitted student. These programs adopt a junior-colleague training model that assures small cohorts of students with frequent, high-quality mentorship directed towards helping students achieve their own professional goals. Our recent graduates have attained positions as University faculty members, clinical program directors, postdoctoral fellows, and practicing behavior analysts.

Specialization tailored to your goals

Marquette students will be able to tailor their educational experience to match their professional goals. Students will have the opportunity to direct their education more heavily towards research careers or towards more direct professional practice. Students may choose to be trained to guide intervention programs with young children with autism spectrum disorders, children displaying vocal or motor tics associated with Tourette syndrome, or individuals displaying more significant self-injurious behavior or aggressive behavior.

State-of-the-art facilities

Marquette students will have the opportunity to train in the new Behavior Analysis Program Building. This newly renovated building will house Faculty and Student offices, academic classrooms, and state-of-the-art clinic space to house students practicum training with client’s drawn from the local community.

BCBA licensure

Marquette students will complete the coursework and practicum experience required to sit for examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); these courses have been verified as meeting the requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s 5th Edition Task List. Students who successfully pass their BCBA examination will then be eligible for Licensure as a Behavior Analyst in Wisconsin. Students mentored by Drs. Kodak and Tiger have a 100% passing rate as first-time test takers for the BCBA examination.


Study under experts in the field

Tiffany Kodak PhD Behavior Analysis at Marquette UniversityDr. Tiffany Kodak, PhD

Dr. Kodak is a licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She started working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder more than 25 years ago while earning her bachelor’s degree in San Diego, CA. Dr. Kodak obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at North Dakota State University and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Louisiana State University. 

Read Dr. Kodak's full biography and research 


Dr. Jeffrey Tiger PhD, BCBA-DDr. Jeffrey Tiger, PhD, BCBA-D

Dr. Tiger completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Kansas, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was a professor of psychology at Louisiana State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining Marquette in 2018. 

Read Dr. Tiger's full biography and research 


Dr. Douglas Woods PhDDr. Douglas Woods, PhD

Dr. Woods is currently Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University.  Prior to that, he was Head of Psychology at Texas A&M University from 2013-2015, and a faculty member, Chair of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1999-2013.  Dr. Woods received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1999. Dr. Woods has authored or co-authored over 260 papers or chapters, and authored or co-authored 9 books on Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and other repetitive behavior problems. Dr. Woods is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Read Dr. Woods research and teaching interests


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phone: (414) 288-0327

email: mary.wacker@marquette.edu


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Application Deadline

December 1st for the following fall term.

The master's program has rolling admissions, but first consideration for admission and fellowships are given to those with all materials in early.

For the PhD program, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by December 1.


 

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Copies of all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.*
  • Compose a personal statement of 1,000 words or less including explaining your academic and professional experiences and goals. The statement should explain how your experiences and/or interests would contribute to fostering diversity in the behavior analysis 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 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.

*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Tiger Receives the WisABA Award

Dr. Jeffrey Tiger Marquette UniversityDr. Jeffrey Tiger, ABA Program Director, is the recipient of the annual WisABA Award for Significant Contributions to the Practice of Behavior Analysis in the state of Wisconsin for his continued efforts to train highly qualified Behavior Analysts in our state. Through his work in the university systems and his center, budding Behavior Analysts are receiving training and experiences that further the science of ABA in Wisconsin.