In behavior analysis, change is good and often has a lasting, positive impact on a business, school or individual. The first step to a meaningful career in the field can be taken at the University of North Texas by pursuing a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis.
The Department of Behavior Analysis' innovative program provides:
- Knowledge of principles, theory and research methods of applied behavior analysis and the experimental analysis of behavior
- Procedures for systematic application of behavioral technology in natural environments
- Practical experience in functional analysis and in designing, implementing and evaluating behavioral intervention programs
You can pursue one of two tracks depending on your career interest. The applied track prepares you to work as a behavior analyst upon graduation, while the research track prepares you to enroll in a doctoral program. We also offer courses that focus on autism or lead to certification in applied behavior analysis.
Our faculty members include professors who've been recognized by the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Health, among others. They also provide consultations regarding behavioral interventions and human performance in institutions, business and industry. Their current research includes:
- Applied behavior analysis with animals
- Behavioral pharmacology
- Functional analysis and treatment of severe behavior disorders
- Nature and causes of behavioral variability
- Stimulus control
- Treatment of children with autism
The department was instrumental in founding the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis and remains its headquarters. Our graduate program was also 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). This distinction means we meet or exceed strict standards for excellence in education. The department was also awarded the 2012 Enduring Programmatic Contributions Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis for establishing a tradition of leadership in teaching, service and scholarship.