University of Nebraska Medical Center

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

This program prepares students to be behavioral health practitioners with advanced knowledge related to behavioral therapy for children and adolescents.

Why Study Applied Behavior Analysis?

Behavior Analysis is one of the fastest-growing fields in psychology and education in Nebraska and nationally. This profession is ideal for those who wish to provide behavioral health services to individuals with disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, and those interested in more intensive clinical services, such as early intensive behavior intervention, severe behavior clinical services, and pediatric feeding services. As a behavior analyst, you also may work in an outpatient setting or a school district to address the needs of individuals with behavioral/social/emotional problems in the classroom and community settings. 

Why Study Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Nebraska?

The Munroe-Meyer Institute and University of Nebraska Omaha’s Applied Behavior Analysis program trains students in a behavior analytic orientation to provide much needed services for children and adolescents, including those with behavioral and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Our program provides practicum hours in clinical settings at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, local school districts, and community agencies in Nebraska. Candidates also have a unique opportunity to acquire 1,500 hours of field experience under the supervision of program faculty

The ABA program is a collaborative program managed jointly through the UNO Psychology Department and the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the course sequence for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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Program Snapshot

Course Load
Two years
Start Date

Program Highlights


Collaboration between UNO and UNMC/MMI, bringing the resources of both campuses to support students


Supervised fieldwork experiences available in clinics that include ABA program faculty


Online courses allow for flexible completion of fieldwork


The program offers multiple opportunities for research involvement

Careers & Outcomes

Examples of places graduates of this program have worked at following graduation.

Munroe-Meyer Institute

  • Integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) Severe Behavior clinic, Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) clinic, and Early Intervention clinic
  • Pediatric Feeding program
  • Psychology behavioral health clinic

Omaha, NE

  • Contracting with local school districts to provide ABA consultation
  • Behaven Child Services
  • Childhood Autism Services
  • Immanuel Hospital Inpatient Child and Adolescent unit
  • Radical Minds behavioral health agency

Other locations

  • Little Leaves Autism clinic in Washington, DC
  • Heartspring Residential and Outpatient Behavioral Health in Wichita, KS

Places graduates have pursued PhD training

  • UNMC's MMI Applied Behavior Analysis program
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln's School Psychology program
  • University of Oregon's School Psychology program
  • University of Georgia's Applied Behavior Analysis program

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