University of Nebraska Medical Center

Program Information


Unlike other UNMC graduate programs, students enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis PhD program complete their dissertation proposal as their Comprehensive Exam. Students also choose between a grant proposal or review paper, both of which include a written product and oral exam.

Students enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis PhD program complete:

  • Eight didactic courses
  • Three years of practicum 
  • Three oral exams, each of which also include a written portion:
    • Dissertation proposal (comprehensive exam)
    • Choice between a grant exam or review paper exam
    • Dissertation defense

Schedule a Tour

We encourage folks to tour our facilities. However, please consider that we get many requests for tours (e.g., caregivers, school personnel, training programs, state programs). If you are a prospective student who is interested in touring our facilities, we ask you to set up a time to tour the facilities after the admissions committee has had an opportunity to review your online application (e.g., in December or early January). This way, the admissions committee can determine whether they would like to interview you during your visit.

Please note that we recognize that traveling with short notice can be costly. As such, we typically leverage web-based technology to set up a virtual interview for those who make our short list of applicants but who cannot tour our facilities or who wish to interview prior to visiting. We set up formal interviews only after the faculty have reviewed your application materials.

Please email Dr. Nicole Rodriguez to set up a tour. In your email, please indicate:

  1. whether your application materials have been submitted, (prospective students who have submitted their application will be given priority in scheduling)
  2. which departments you are interested in touring, and
  3. which faculty you are interested in meeting.

Please also include a general time frame of availability for the tour. Please note that we typically do not begin scheduling tours until after applications have been reviewed (Review begins Dec. 1).

Zoom Open House

To learn more about our program, we invite you to join us for a Zoom Open House. This is an open forum session that provides general program information about our PhD program as well as an opportunity for you to meet our faculty. Complete this form to sign up for a Zoom Open House.