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Requirements for M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis

IMPORTANT: To be considered for MSABA program, you must complete the application through ASU's online portal AND submit your material through Slideroom.

This information pertains to the Fall 2019 application process. Applications for a Fall 2020 start date will open September 1, 2019. Instruction changes are expected for the Fall 2020 application process, refer to this page periodically for additional updates.
Masters of Science in applied behavior analysis degree requirements

The Applied Behavior Analysis master's program requires 42 credit hours across four full-time semesters and both A and B sessions during the summer between the first and second year. A capstone project is to be proposed at the end of year one spring semester; initiated at the beginning of summer session A; and conducted throughout the summer and the program’s second year. Students will be required to complete practicum hours during the summer. In order to graduate, this master’s degree program requires a 3.0 (B average) or higher across all courses including the applied behavior analysis practicum and capstone experiences.

Masters of Science in applied behavior analysis admission requirements

The ASU Department of Psychology application process is completed through ASU’s Graduate College which includes the application form and your official transcripts. The application fee is required by the Graduate College before your application and transcripts will be forwarded to the Department of Psychology. Application to the MS ABA program is also completed via SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a web-based admissions service which is used to process program supplemental materials. To apply to the MS ABA program, follow the steps on the Application Information and Instructions aka "the Checklist."  

It is strongly recommended that you download and print the Checklist to ensure you have completed the application process and have included all of the following required items:

  1. Statement of Purpose Form
  2. Applicant Response Form
  3. Curriculum Vita/resume
  4. Transcripts (unofficial transcript goes to Graduate Admissions and applicants must also upload an unofficial copy to SlideRoom; Official transcript is sent to Graduate Admissions AFTER you are accepted.)
  5. GRE scores
  6. Two academic letters of recommendation from institutional faculty members (submitted on SlideRoom)
  7. TOEFL scores if applicable (official score goes to Graduate Admissions and a copy is also uploaded to SlideRoom)
Students must fulfill the requirements of Graduate Admissions and those of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In addition to submitting the application and supporting materials, prospective students must also provide documentation to meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology or closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from a recognized international post-secondary institution.
  • A minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (where 4.0 = A) in the last 60 hours of the student’s bachelor’s degree program.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency (regardless of where they may now reside)
Applications will not be reviewed or considered until complete. Admissions are for fall only; there is no spring start date for the program. The initial deadline for the MS ABA Program application is February 15. Review of applications will begin as early as February 15, but we will continue to accept applications after that date until the limited class size is filled.

Contact Information:  msabapsych@asu.edu