Master of Arts in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization

BA Group 2016

An understanding of human behavior

Related degrees and links
Bachelor's degree in behavior analysis
Doctoral degree in behavior analysis
Program faculty

The Master of Arts degree in behavior analysis psychology  builds upon foundational undergraduate knowledge — and helps prepare students for doctoral studies or careers in government and the public and private sectors. The psychology program provides master's degree education and research training in behavior analysis.

The Behavior Analysis Program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board. See our annual report data.

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Area of Specialization

Behavior Analysis

Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, training in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno is conducted via a junior-colleague model and includes supervised experience and instruction leading to the master's and/or doctoral degrees. The behavior analysis program focuses on the philosophies of behaviorism, the theory and methodology of behavior analysis, basic and applied research in human behavior, basic research in animal behavior, application of behavioral principles to organizational administration and consultation, instructional design and technology, parent and teacher training, and clinical populations, participatory governance and fiscal management. Admission materials are due Jan. 1.

Degree programs

The University of Nevada, Reno Behavior Analysis program offers some of the best behavior analytic training in the world. In addition to our Association for Behavior Analysis International accredited doctoral on-campus/master's degree program and off-campus master's degree program, the department also offer Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) Approved Course Sequences through our off-campus satellite programs. We take pride in the breadth of our research, the depth of our coursework, and in the expertise of our faculty and students.

Current handbook 2019-2020

Master's Degree Program in Behavior Analysis
The University of Nevada, Reno master's degree program in behavior analysis trains graduates for employment as senior service providers in such fields as developmental disabilities, education, mental health or business and industry. This degree requires 36 graduate credits, is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Approved Course Sequence through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.


  • PSY 609 - Principles of Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSY 695 - Ethics in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 673 - Radical Behaviorism (3 credits) OR PSY 747: Behavioral Analysis of Language and Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSY 711 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSY 783 - Behavioral Interventions (3 credits)
  • PSY 713 - Behavioral & Systems Assessments (3 credits) OR PSY 769: Behavioral Systems Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSY 767 - Behavior Management and Consultation (3 credits)
  • PSY 699 - Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSY 766 - Behavior Analysis Practicum (6 credits)
  • PSY 797 - Thesis (6 credits)

Academic Advising

When students enter the program, they are assigned to one of the core behavior analysis faculty who serves as their academic advisor for the first semester of study or until such time as a research advisor is arranged. Student and advisor should work out a tentative program of study, including the transfer of previous graduate courses. The academic advisor also serves as the liaison between the student and the BATC, and source of support for counseling, tutoring, or other assistance.

Research Advising

Advisory responsibilities are assumed by the student's primary research advisor as soon as their interests develop. Students will be required to approach the faculty member with whom they wish to conduct their research prior to the beginning of the second semester. Upon receiving the permission of the faculty member, they will join their research laboratory.


The program seeks students committed to a behavioral orientation in psychology, who show research and scholarly potential, and who show potential as teachers, scientists and practitioners. Faculty members value ability and accomplishment in the selection process. Students learn a great deal from each other. Consequently, the program seeks a heterogeneous student population. Based on these values, all students are accepted to the program (see section titled "Program Advising"). Therefore, the applicants do not rank order or specify their preferred lab groups, and prepare their application letter and reference 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


Graduate School Admissions Requirements

Graduate School
Mail Stop 326
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Behavior Analysis Program Admissions Requirements

  • Three 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, Professor 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 listed above. For up to date information and resources 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.

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