Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis

Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis

Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Science (both Tallahassee and Panama City campuses)

The FSU Psychology Master’s Degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a nationally top-ranked ABA program available to students at both the FSU Tallahassee and FSU Panama City campuses. Upon acceptance to the program, students choose which campus (Tallahassee or PC) they would like to attend, and all students and faculty engage in class together, in-person, via technology-classrooms that connect both campuses of FSU.

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Term. The deadline to apply for this program is February 1st.


The FSU ABA program expertly trains students in 1) the scientific underpinnings of the field of Behavior Analysis/Behavioral Science, 2) the application and evaluation of ABA-based clinical assessments and interventions across populations and settings, and 3) delivery of direct ABA services through hands-on clinical experiences supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) at approved ABA agencies.

Applied behavior analysis, which is a scientific field evolving since the 1960s, focuses on scientific analyses of behavior and developing/applying evidence-based, behavioral interventions to improve lives of children or adults across any setting of home, work, or school. The FSU ABA Master’s program is a five-semester master’s program that is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The curriculum and clinical practicum requirements have been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which certifies professionals at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Globally Ranked

The Florida Panhandle has become a center of professional behavior analysis activity in the past 15 years. The program is ranked No. 1 in the world for BCBA exam pass rates (pdf).

Tuition Fee Waiver

All students in the limited-access program receive a tuition waiver for working at paid assistantship placements with approved behavior analytic agencies.

High Salary

Florida State's ABA program is ranked No. 4 best median salary for graduates, according to GradReports.com.

What can I expect from the Psychology Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Program?

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 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.

Requirements & Coursework

Why get a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis?

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.

The Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Panama City Campus is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Our graduate 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.

What types of careers could this program prepare me for?

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. 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.