Behavior Analysis Program


We seek students committed to a behavioral orientation in psychology, who show research and scholarly potential, and who show potential as teachers, scientists, and practitioners. We value ability and accomplishment in our selection process and in our continuing support for our students. We believe students learn a great deal from each other. Consequently, we seek a heterogeneous student population. Notwithstanding these values, all students are accepted directly into one of our faculty lab groups under the mentorship of that faculty member. Therefore, it is mandatory that applicants rank order the lab groups they are applying to and prepare their application letter and references accordingly.

To be considered for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno Behavior Analysis Program, interested applicants must meet the requirements and apply to both:

  1. The Graduate School
  2. The Behavior Analysis Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 1st of each year

Graduate School Admissions Requirements

Behavior Analysis Program Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Program Preference Form (on-campus doctoral and master's degree programs only)
  • Satellite Programs Application (Satellite Programs applicants only)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Send the above items to:
  • Behavior Analysis Program
    Psychology Department / 296
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Reno, NV 89557

Questions regarding admissions, please contact Admissions Chair, Dr. Patrick Ghezzi, at

International Student Admissions

The University of Nevada, Reno Behavior Analysis Program has a strong commitment to the international dissemination of behavior analysis and currently has several international students from various countries around the world seeking advanced degrees in behavior analysis. Qualified international applicants are required to submit extra admissions materials depending on their country of origin in addition to the materials listd above. For up to date information and resouces for foreign student admission, interested international applicants should visit the website and contact the The University of Nevada, Reno Office of International Students and Scholars.

International Student Resources

Admission Resources

Why Should I Apply to the UNR Behavior Analysis Program?

Here are just a few reasons why you should apply to the UNR Behavior Analysis Program.

  • The University of Nevada, Reno Behavior Analysis Program is unique because it offers training in philosophy, basic experimental work, and applied behavior analysis. No other program takes such a comprehensive view.
  • The quality of our program is recognized by those in the field, which means our alumni have little difficulty finding employment after graduation.
  • Our faculty are leaders and experts not only in the field of Behavior Analysis but also in their particular areas of interest and application. All of our faculty hold leadership positions in various behavioral organizations.
  • The diversity of research interests between our faculty ensures that you will almost always be able to match your interests. Our faculty’s interests span anywhere from philosophical and theoretical analyses, through controlled experimental analysis of behavior to a wide array of applications to society and its many issues.
  • The financial survival of our program depends on the students and faculty cooperating with one another and therefore our community of students and faculty make it a point to maintain a harmonious environment. We are a tight group socially and value cooperation over competition.
  • The University of Nevada, Reno Behavior Analysis Program is significantly funded through our self-capitalization efforts. In addition to their course loads, and research, each faculty member is responsible for overseeing entrepreneurial services that raise captial to help pay for student's tuition and salaries as well as up to 50% of faculty salaries. Students work in these services which are valuable training opportunities to develop skills that will assist them in future careers. Examples of some of the Program's services include the Early Childhood Autism Program, Person-centered Assessment Training and Habilitation (P.A.T.H.), Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis, an the High Sierra-BECS Autism project, The BECS-staff training and agency consultation project, or several other consultation services in schools and the community. The financial support of students each year is dependent on the success of our entrepreneurial services. The Program follows an open-book management approach and students are encouraged to take an active interest and role in the managerial and financial aspects of the services they work in. Although most students have been funded to date, funding is not guaranteed and must be arranged with the faculty admitting you to the program. Upon entering the Program, students are typically assigned stipend placements in their mentor's projects for 20 hours a week or if arranged, in another of the Program's various entrepreneurial services.

Behavior Analysis Program
Department of Psychology, Mail Stop 296, Reno, NV 89557
Phone: (775) 682-8686 | FAX: (775) 682-1126 
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