Master of Arts in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization

An understanding of human behavior

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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.

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.

For more information, download the 2015 Behavior Analysis Masters Handbook.

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.

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)


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. Notwithstanding these values, all students are accepted directly into one of the 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


Graduate School Admissions Requirements

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

Behavior Analysis Program Admissions Requirements

  • Satellite Programs Application (Satellite Programs applicants only)
  • 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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Contact Department of Psychology

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Reno, NV 89557