MS degree in Applied Behavior Analysis

MS-ABA program

Program Mission

The Munroe-Meyer Institute and University of Nebraska Omaha’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program’s mission is to graduate students who have met high levels of academic excellence in clinical and research skills in applied behavior analysis and mental/behavioral health. The ABA Program trains students in a behavior analytic orientation to provide much needed services for children and adolescents, including those with behavioral and neurodevelopmental disabilities

Program Overview

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program prepares students to be behavioral health practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills related to the provision of behavioral therapy for children and adolescents. Students who graduate from the program will be eligible to sit for the examination (administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) for certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Students in the program complete 51-54 credit hours to earn a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. The ABA program typically takes two years of full time study to complete.

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Coursework in the ABA program also addresses content areas required for licensure as a mental health practitioner in Nebraska. Upon completion of the program, students will have obtained necessary prerequisites for Provisional Licensure as a Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) pending approval of the student's graduate transcript by the mental health licensure board of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. With an additional 3000 supervised experience hours after the completion of the ABA program and successful passing of the licensing exam students can be a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) in the State of Nebraska. This licensure is required for the delivery of mental health services, including ABA, in Nebraska. Practitioners holding the BCBA and/or the LMHP may work in clinical mental health settings, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and schools.

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® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Learn more.

First time BCBA exam pass rate is over 90% since 2010.