Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis Option
Applied Behavior Analysis is a branch of psychology dedicated to the application of the principles of learning to change socially significant behavior. Applied Behavior Analysts work in a wide variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, universities, zoos, private businesses, and specialized treatment programs. Applied Behavior analysts also work with a wide variety of populations, including children, adults, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, businesses, and domestic and wild animals.
The Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program at Fresno State provides students with the academic coursework, research experience, and supervised field experience necessary to sit for the exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). The program prepares students to work in the areas of clinical treatment for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, health and fitness applications, animal training, organizational behavior management, and environmental sustainability. Students and faculty regularly present at state and national conferences and publish in a wide variety of related areas of study. To date, all of our graduates secure employment in this specialty upon graduation, with approximately a third of all graduates going on to pursue doctoral-level studies in this area. In 2018, the pass rate for the BCBA exam was 100% for our graduates.
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