The Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) concentration, is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the national examination to become a BCBA.
The curriculum and supervised training experiences will provide students with all the necessary requirements to sit for the exam. The applied behavior analysis approach has produced a large and technically sophisticated repertoire of behavioral techniques deriving from nearly 75 years of work by many scientists following the lead of B.F. Skinner.
While this approach has become best known for highly effective applications to autism spectrum disorders with early and intensive intervention, similar applications to health, fitness, sports, rehabilitation, and organizational behavior are beginning to create employment opportunities in a wide variety of clinical, educational, and corporate environments. There are consistently more than 100 job openings nationally for BCBA’s and currently there is an ongoing dramatic shortage of BCBA’s and BCBA-designed programs for autism and developmental disabilities in the Rio Grande Valley. The curriculum of this master’s concentration is specific and intense so admission is highly competitive.