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We have two teams to help you through the process.

General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.


Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
Tuesday and Thursday - in-person

 

Contact Us:


Email: Grad.Recruitment@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

Book an appointment with a recruiter in-person or virtually.

Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05


Office Hours: 8 A.M.–12 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday - in-person

 

Contact Us:

Email: Graduate.admissions@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-
Fax: (210) 458-

Send Official Transcripts to: graduate.documents@utsa.edu

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
student ID in the form of abc123) if they have not been submitted as part of your application.


Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 must be uploaded directly to the application.

 

Behavioral Analysis (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Behavior Analysis aims to prepare graduate students to become scientist-practitioners trained to provide quality, impactful services for all populations benefitting from behavior analysis. This degree aims to provide students with a foundation in behavior analysis and prepare students to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Exam (BCBA®) to obtain national certification and state licensure as a Behavior Analyst. Students will obtain competency in the basic principles of learning with an emphasis on treating children, youth, and adults in community, clinic, hospital, and as consultants in educational settings. The degree program prepares graduates for eligibility to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®) through approved coursework and practicum opportunities. Typical clients include individuals diagnosed with developmental or other disabilities that can impact prosocial skill development (e.g., Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Conduct Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias) as well as people without disabilities who need systematic support in the development of prosocial skills and behaviors. Certified behavior analysts at the master’s level work in a variety of settings as independent practitioners or contracted employees for an organization (e.g., public school, preschool, private school, clinic, hospital). The educational objectives of this degree are commensurate with professional competence and certification requirements as currently reflected by professional standards of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.  

Concentration Options

The M.S. in Behavior Analysis has two areas of concentration, and students choose their concentration based on their academic and professional goals and interests. The curriculum for each concentration will be presented separately.

  • The Comprehensive concentration is designed to provide the research, academic, and practical training necessary for students to become certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Texas. The program includes research training, coursework and field-based experiences related to behavior assessment, intervention, and professional issues. It contains all of the coursework required by the Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board. It also embeds the 2,000 experience hours through fieldwork, practice, and research experiences supervised by UTSA faculty. Students completing the comprehensive option will complete their hours at UTSA partner sites. This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings (e.g., clinical, home, community based, and schools), with a focus on serving people of all ages with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder).  
  • The Focused concentration also contains all of the coursework required by the Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board. However, this concentration embeds flexibility by allowing students to select up to 15 hours of elective coursework. The Focused concentration does not have any research or practical (e.g., fieldwork or practicum) requirements. Students in this sequence may also complete their experience hours during their program, however the site is typically chosen by the student. Although, the focused concentration does not have any research requirements, students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor if they are interested in research. Once students have begun coursework in the Focused concentration, they cannot transfer to the Comprehensive Program without approval by the ABA program coordinator. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Interested persons with questions regarding the difference between the two concentrations should contact the Student Development Specialist for the Educational Psychology program or check the website for more information.

Why pursue an M.S. in Behavioral Analysis at UTSA?

Our students and graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in scholarly inquiry, to deliver accountable, research-based services, and to understand how to use psychology as a force for positive change. Our department has been very successful in developing effective partnerships with local school districts and community agencies, which gives our students an advantage when seeking practicum and internship opportunities. Our faculty members are involved in high-impact research projects and participate in local and national professional organizations. Further, our School Psychology program was recently identified as one of the top programs in the nation in terms of research and provides services learning through our department's Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center.  

Degree Requirements:

The Master of Science degree in Behavioral Analysis requires the successful completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Psychology or Education.
 Other Degree Requirements Applicants who lack appropriate academic background in Psychology, Education, or a closely related field may be admitted conditionally, and specific leveling coursework may be required to address areas of deficiency.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professional references. Appropriate sources of letters include professors, supervisors, employers, and similar individuals with whom the applicant has a professional relationship. Letters should not be submitted from personal references such as friends or family members. These letters should specifically address the applicant’s academic and/or professional skills, and potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
 Statement of Purpose Applicants must prepare a Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words) which outlines the applicant’s (1) reasons for pursuing the M.S. degree in Behavior Analysis, (2) area of concentration they are most interested in (i.e., Comprehensive or Focused), (3) experiences relevant to the concentration they are most interested in, and (4) career plans.
 Test Scores Not Required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, info@foreigncredentials.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

 

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Samantha Sifuentes

E-mail: samantha.sifuentes@utsa.edu

Phone: (210) 458-2721

Graduate Advisor of Record: Felicia Castro-Villarreal

Email: felicia.castrovillarreal@utsa.edu

Telephone:(210) 458-2420

Degree Website: Learn more about this program here.