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Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis, which has been evolving since the mid 1960s, focuses on  analyzing and modifying behavior through environmental changes. The five-semester master’s program at FSU Panama City is one of only 24 graduate-level programs in the country accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Curriculum and practicum have been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which certifies professionals at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

All students in the limited-access program receive a tuition waiver for working at paid assistantship placements with approved behavior analytic agencies, such as FSU Panama City’s on-campus Early Childhood Autism Program. The experience working directly with clients offsets tuition while allowing students to build a portfolio demonstrating behavior skills.

The deadline to apply for this program IS January 15.



Florida State University has been a leader in the generation of behavior analysis research and has achieved “Top 50” status in the world in both authors published and educational institutions represented.

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The applied behavior analysis program gives you a chance to learn from experts in the field to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst working in a variety of diverse settings.

 Learn from experts

The Florida Panhandle has become a center of professional behavior analysis activity in the past 15 years with over a dozen PhDs with specialty training in behavior analysis on the faculty of FSU or in active professional behavior analysis practice in the community. The program is ranked No. 1 in the world for BCBA exam pass rates (pdf).

 Degree with many options

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) work in areas, such as autism, behavior and learning disorders, developmental disabilities, performance management, child abuse and neglect, behavioral safety, school consultation, and language development.


Growing demand

BCBAs can be self-employed, serve as educational or behavioral consultants for local or national consulting firms, work in residential settings, or be employed by the state. Florida State's ABA program is ranked No. 4 best median salary for graduates, according to

Get the most out of your education

Experience a more well-rounded education to pursue your career or personal goals. Add a graduate certificate to your degree program, explore study abroad opportunities or discover new interests through a student organization. Scroll through the links to learn more.