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Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach aimed at:

  • Understanding environmental variables that reliably influence socially significant behavior.
  • Developing behavior-change technologies based on this understanding.

The Behavior Analysis Program at Sacramento State has three goals:

  1. Teach students to think critically and scientifically about behavioral processes;
  2. Enable students to enter doctoral programs in behavior analysis;
  3. Prepare students for careers in applied behavior analysis by passing the national certification examination (BCABA and BCBA). The Behavior Analysis course sequence at Sacramento State has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).


The M.A. program in Psychology: ABA consists of a minimum of 35 units of specialized coursework taken concurrently with established degree requirements.  Students are required to write an experimental thesis.

Required Core (7 units)

  • PSYC 200 - Methods in Empirical Psychology (3 units)
  • PSYC 203/292 - Experimental Design  (4 units)

Required Area Courses (21 units)

  • PSYC 271 - Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (4 units)
  • PSYC 272 – Research Methods in Behavior Analysis (3 units)
  • PSYC 274 – Theoretical Foundations of Behavior Analysis (3 units)
  • PSYC 281 - Advanced Experimental Analysis of Behavior  (4 units)
  • PSYC 284- Assessment and Treatment of Behavior Problems (4 units)
  • PSYC 291 - Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 units)

Electives (3 units)

Thesis (4 units)