Psychology BS/Applied Behavior Analysis MS

For students who specify an undergraduate degree in Psychology, the addition of a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis could open doors for employment. The proposal for this linked degree is timely as it meets a growing need for certification of professionals who can assist teachers and other professionals who support the behavior of children in our public schools and other clinical settings. The degree, as designed, presents a program of study that focuses on the application of theory and research to support the unique needs of typically and atypically developing students in classrooms and other learning settings. Only one other program within the University System of Georgia exists at the master's level in Applied Behavior Analysis. The combined program will combine the talents of individuals within three departments at UGA. Students will leave the master's program with a course sequence, supervision hours, and the ability to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. Being a credentialed BCBA allows service providers (clinical settings) to know that an individual has the knowledge to conduct behavioral assessments, develop functionally relevant interventions, and monitor intervention effects. A master's in ABA would allow individuals who wish to focus their expertise in behavioral analysis to do so without having to complete courses that are necessary for a degree in special education, communication sciences, or educational psychology.

Admission to Program

- At least 60 hours completed at the time of application. Application will be made to the CSSE department. Typical application should be made in the fall of the third year for pathway entry.

- Additional requirements include an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and an ACT or SAT score that places them at or above the 70th percentile.

- A resume/curriculum vitae.

- Two letters of recommendation.

- A personal statement (maximum of 2 pages) that describes (1) why you wish to earn an M.S. in ABA, and (2) your experiences working with individuals with developmental disabilities and/or your knowledge regarding applied behavior analysis.

- DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 15th


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

EDSE 7210 Behavioral Methods of Instruction, 3
EDSE 7230 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis, 3
EDSE 7440 Practicum in Special Education, 3
EPSY 7330 Academic Interventions, 3

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Students must register for EDSE 7210 prior to or concurrently with registering for EDSE 7440. Students will be encouraged to take these two courses concurrently in order to begin accruing supervision hours earned during EDSE 7440.

Twelve hours of EDSE 7440 are required for a Master's in ABA. The course involves students conducting direct observations and working in the UGA Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic and therefore should count for experiential learning.

Admission to Graduate Program

Students who meet all of the following requirements will be eligible to apply for the ABA Master’s Degree Program:

GPA: Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken. 
TOEFL: Foreign applicants will also need to score a minimum of 20 points each on the Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL with an overall minimum score of 80. Test scores must be within 5 years from the date of application.

Students should apply and be admitted to the Graduate School by January 1 of the senior year. Applications to the Graduate School should be submitted in the Fall semester to meet this goal.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Leslie Moon
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4606
  • Address: 570D Aderhold Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Psychology B.S.
  • Department/College: Psychology

Advising Contact

  • Name: Trina Cyterski
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-7852
  • Address: 236 Psychology

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Applied Behavior Analysis M.S.
  • Department/College: Communication Sciences and Special Education

Advising Contact

  • Name: Leslie Moon
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4606
  • Address: 570D Aderhold Hall