M.S. with BCBA Coursework

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The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at Utah State University offers a M.S. in Special Education with BCBA coursework as well as a BCBA coursework only option. Both options are described below. Our BCBA courses are a Verified Course Sequence (VCS), a set of courses that have been approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) as meeting specific coursework requirements, content hours, and faculty standards of expertise.  

For more information about the program, contact: Sarah Pinkelman

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VCS number: 4263

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M.S. with BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) Coursework

This program is a 3-year master’s sequence that will prepare students as behavior analysts. As part of the M.S., students will complete the coursework necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Students will gain valuable clinical and research experience that will strengthen their professional skills and/or prepare them for further graduate study. To learn more about BCBA certification, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) website: https://www.bacb.com/

M.S. with BCBA Planning Guide

Thesis Requirements

Job Aid Planning Guide


M.S. with BCBA Application Deadline

Individuals applying to work with a specific faculty member or laboratory or who want an early decision should submit their application by January 15th for fall semester. All applications are due by March 15th. We only accept students for a start in fall semester.

M.S. with BCBA Application Requirements

  • Application (Apply online through the School of Graduate Studies)
  • Application fee ($55)
  • Three letters of recommendation (Applicants should assure that letters speak to their experience or potential in the area of behavior analysis.)
  • Official transcripts (GPA of 3.00 on the last 60 credits of college work)
  • A cover letter describing your prior experience in ABA, reasons for applying to the program, and career goals.

BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) Coursework Only

Individuals already possessing a qualifying master’s degree per the BACB® requirements can apply to take only BCBA preparation courses. These are the courses necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Please review the BACB® requirements carefully to ensure that you possess a qualifying master’s degree: https://www.bacb.com/

BCBA Course Sequence ONLY Planning Guide

Job Aid Planning Guide


BCBA Only Application Requirements and Deadline

Submit the following to Elise Gonzalez, elise.gonzalez@usu.edu.

  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter Interest
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Deadline is June 1

Additional Resources

Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Association of Professional Behavior Analysts

Association for Behavior Analysts International

Utah Association for Behavior Analysis (UtABA)

UtABA on Facebook

Contact Information

Elise Gonzalez

Elise Gonzalez

Graduate Program Coordinator

Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling

Phone: 435-797-3245
Office Location: EDUC 313