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Behavior Analysis, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) , TX,
Behavior Analysis — the study of the effects of the environment on the behavior of individuals — is a natural science, and its principles are universal. They can be applied with any population, including children with autism, people with developmental disabilities, parents and children, pet owners, college students, healthcare providers, athletes, employers and CEOs.


The Department of Behavior Analysis’ curriculum focuses on these areas:

  • How to design procedures for the systematic application of behavioral technology in applied settings
  • Knowledge of principles of behavior, their conceptual basis and behavior analytic research methodology
  • Practical experience in the implementation and analysis of behavior intervention programs
  • Skills for conducting research in natural settings and for modeling phenomena in laboratory settings
The faculty members include professors who have been recognized by the American Psychological Association and the National Council for Science and Technology, among others. They also conduct research in many different areas and provide consultations regarding behavioral interventions and human performance in institutions, business and industry. This offers many hands-on learning experiences for students. These include working in applied settings with:
  • Adult learners
  • Children with autism
  • College students
  • Foreign-language learners
  • People with developmental disabilities
  • Pets and exotic animals

Our faculty also conduct behavioral neuroscience research, experimental research, and research related to animal behavior.


The department was instrumental in founding the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis and remains its headquarters. Our graduate program also was the nation’s first to earn accreditation from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (550 West Centre Ave., Portage, Mich. 49024; telephone 269-492-9310).

Programme Structure

A career in Behavior Analysis will give you many options. Behavior analysts work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Animal shelters
  • Classrooms
  • Governmental institutions
  • Health institutions
  • Homes
  • Large corporations
  • Zoos

Anywhere there are people, there is the opportunity to help individuals reach their full potential through improving their environment.

You can pursue a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Our program will teach you about both the experimental analysis of behavior and applied behavior analysis, which will prepare you for either further study in a doctoral program or a career in a variety of settings. Our coursework will give you a broad understanding of behavior principles, but also will allow you to specialize in certain areas. For example, we offer several courses that focus on autism. Our program also will prepare you for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    43 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Commitment to a career in behavior analysis
  • Two behavior analysis prerequisite courses
  • Three reference letters
  • Statement of interest

Tuition Fee

  • National

    17172 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8586 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 1036 - 1920 USD/month
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