The Department has also established a one-year Certificate Program in Community Health and Development. The certificate program offers advanced training and University-based certification to those involved in building healthy communities. The focus is on training in core aspects of community work from community assessment and strategic planning to intervention, evaluation, and sustainability.

In addition, the graduate curriculum has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Thus, students who enroll in and meet grade requirements of select graduate courses as well as obtain clinical supervision by board certified faculty are eligible to sit for the BCBA exam at the master’s or doctoral level.

Curriculum Requirements

The coursework accompanying our Master's and Ph.D degrees fulfill the curricular requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. In addition, these programs are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science

The ABAI accredited master's program trains highly competent scientist-practitioners in applied behavioral science. The program offers courses on the empirical and conceptual foundations of behavioral science, and its research methods, but emphasizes coursework and supervised experience in behavioral assessment, analysis, intervention, and evaluation. Its mission is to advance empirically-based solutions to problems of societal importance.

Course Requirements

The M.A. degree requires 30 credit hours -- 12 of them in four content areas, 3 in a practicum. Students must also conduct, write, and orally defend an empirically-based thesis.
ABS Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

To rsvp for the ABS undergraduate recognition ceremony, please click here.
You MUST fill out this form in order to receive a personalized certificate from the department.

For your name to appear in the program, you must respond by Monday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
It is intended for Fall 2016 graduates and candidates for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduation.

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Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Edward Morris, Director of Graduate Studies, at ekm@ku.edu

Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times