Psychology, Behavior Analysis
Master's Emphasis

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The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science Degree with a Major in Psychology. Within the program, students will select from three different emphasis areas, General, Behavior Analysis or Clinical. 

The Master of Science Degree Program in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced training in behavior analysis. Students pursuing this degree will be eligible for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This degree will prepare students to apply behavioral laws to influence positive behavior change and improve the lives of clients.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Department Program Guide
  • Career Information

Students in this program will receive comprehensive training and supervised fieldwork to competently perform the following actions:

  • Assess targeted populations, design appropriate goals, and monitor progress.
  • Choose empirically validated treatments consistent with best practices.
  • Write technically proficient and conceptually systematic behavior support programs designed to promote socially significant behavior change.
  • Use graphed data to communicate the effectiveness of an intervention.
  • Use effective consulting strategies to ensure procedural integrity across a variety of agencies.
  • Conduct and/or participate in behavior analytic research investigating advanced language, skills, addiction, gambling, autism, or invertebrate learning.

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Where are Behavior Analysts employed?

  • School systems
  • Community mental health centers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Business
  • Private practice

About Psychology and Counseling Department

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has placed its graduates in schools, businesses, agencies and hospitals throughout the region, as well as provided teachers for two and four year colleges. The department enjoys a strong relationship with area mental health agencies, with many private and governmental establishments acting as training sites for students, and using department faculty and advanced graduate students as consultants. PSU is the only school within a 100 mile radius that provides graduate training in counseling, psychology and school psychology. Additionally, no other university in Kansas has an integrated psychology and counseling department, allowing the department to offer comprehensive, in-depth programs in each area and providing students with the opportunity to experience the best in both disciplines.

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