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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 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.

Application deadline was Feb 1st. The application will reopen Aug 1st for Fall 2024 term.



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 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