Master of Science in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization - Satellite Program

The University of Nevada, Reno delivers programs of study in behavior analysis at off-campus locations around the world under the sponsorship of human service agencies, businesses and other organizations. The aim of these programs is to provide opportunities for training in behavior analysis in regions where such is unavailable or inaccessible to fully employed people seeking career advancement. Training is delivered face-to-face at sponsor's worksites, online or by a combination of these modes of delivery as suited to sponsors' interests and students' needs. In addition to our Association for Behavior Analysis International accredited master's degree program, we offer Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA) Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) Approved Course Sequences.

Satellite Program History

The University of Nevada, Reno has been delivering satellite programs in behavior analysis for more than a decade. During this time, training pursuant to the master's degree and BCBA/BCABA curricular eligibility have been delivered under the sponsorship of several human service agencies including:

  • Behavior Analysis Inc.
  • Behavior Institute
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.)
  • Judevine Center for Autism
  • Special Education for Exceptional Kids (S.E.E.K.)
  • Trinity Services
  • South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Washoe County School District

Most of the students completing these programs of study have pursued certification by the BACB and now are practicing behavior analysis with the benefit of this credential.

Organizational sponsorship

The University of Nevada, Reno Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis are delivered to cohorts of students at off-campus sites around the world. This means that all students enrolled in a program of study will begin and end the program at the same time, taking all of their classes together when they are offered. It also means that only persons involved with (or with the agreement of) sponsoring agencies are eligible to receive training through these programs. The cost of program deliveries to sponsoring agencies depends on a number of factors, including mode of instruction preferred by the sponsor (i.e., face-to-face, online), the availability of qualified instructors in the sponsor's region and the number of students enrolled. Provided that a sufficient number of students are enrolled in a program of study at a given site (about 25), the sponsor's cost for the delivery of the program might be covered in full by charging participating students a very reasonable tuition fee. Sufficient numbers of students for financial feasibility may be generated by cooperation among multiple agencies. Programs of study may be initiated in the fall, spring or summer of any year. Inquiries from potential sponsors should be addressed to the director of the satellite programs Linda J. Parrott Hayes.

Program types

Three satellite programs in behavior analysis are available, including: Master of Science in Behavior Analytic Psychology, the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum and the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum.

  • Master of Science in Behavior Analytic Psychology: The master's degree program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis. It is made up of 37 credits in behavior analysis, including the didactic curricular requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentialing (preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), six credits of field experience in behavior analysis (applicable toward the BCBA practice requirements), and three credits of graduate research experience. The program is typically delivered over a three-year period.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum: This non-degree program is made up of 16 graduate-level credits in behavior analysis, which are preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the didactic course requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentialing. The program is typically delivered over an 18-month period.
  • Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst Didactic Curriculum: This program is made up of nine undergraduate-level credits in behavior analysis, including principles of behavior, ethical guidelines, behavior assessment, methods of observation and intervention, and applied behavior analysis. This curriculum is preapproved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the didactic course requirements for Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) credentialing. The program is typically delivered over a nine-month period.

Admissions

To be considered for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis master’s program, interested applicants must meet the requirements and apply to both:

  1. The Graduate School
  2. The Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis

Eligibility Requirements to the master’s program are the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (or its international equivalent)
  • Must show verification of having met the minimum English requirement as indicated by one of the following English tests if needed:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-Internet-Based Test):an equivalency score of 79 (internet)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS must be academic version): an equivalency score of 6.5

Application deadline: Please contact Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis directly for application deadlines at spba@unr.edu. Application deadlines vary with contractual agreements of sponsoring organizations.

Graduate School Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for Graduate School Admission
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Copy of official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended
  • Official GRE scores (GENERAL SCORES ONLY)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores as needed
  • Send the above items to:

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

Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis Requirements

  • Completed SPBA application form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Send the above items to:

Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis Program
Psychology Department / 296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
USA

Practical Training

Supervisors:

The supervisors of the practical training component of the master’s program are Board Certified Behavior Analysts in good standing who have undergone the supervisor training required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Practical Training Supervisors are responsible to the SPBA Practical Training Coordinator.

Description:

Six credits of practicum coursework are distributed throughout the program. Students enrolled in practicum coursework are required to complete 1500 hours of intensive supervised fieldwork or 2000 hours of supervised fieldwork. Practical training can take place in multiple environments with a variety of clients, SPBA will work with each sponsoring agency to develop a practical training plan that best suits the students’ interests and career goals.

Students will participate in a blend of group and individual meetings with their supervisor. Supervisors will observe trainees performing behavior analytic tasks and provide guidance and feedback. During meetings, supervisors will model technical, professional, and ethical acquisition targets. Supervisors will teach trainees to monitor the effects of behavioral service delivery and oversee this process. The supervisor will also monitor the outcomes of their own supervision and make changes to procedures as needed.

In addition to observations and meetings, supervisors will direct trainees to complete client related, BACB task-list oriented assignments. These assignments will include readings and discussion, behavioral program development, literature reviews on client related topics, data analysis and interpretation, developing data recording systems, etc. (see BACB fieldwork standards for additional examples of activities). These assignments will be reviewed during meetings, and feedback will be provided.

Contact

Questions regarding admissions, please contact the program director of the satellite program in behavior analysis, Linda Hayes at lhayes@unr.edu.

Request a copy of the current graduate program handbook by email

The Behavior Analysis Program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board. See our annual report data and also our VCS pass-rate information. (Please note: these links goes to external sites. For accessibility issues, please contact the BACB office).

For more information regarding our verified course sequences please visit the following websites:

ABAI Accreditation Board Masters ABAI VCS Program