About the Behavior Analysis Master's and Ph.D. Programs
Behavior Analysis is an area of psychology that focuses on environmental influences on behavior. Through intensive coursework, research mentorship, development of an area of specialization, and 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
Hands-On Training and Research
Along with the required 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.
Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
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.
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.