Graduate School of Education


Applied Behavior Analysis M.Ed. Program

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Verified Course Sequence (VCS)

There is a great need for professionals with training in applied behavior analysis (ABA), and the number of open positions is quickly outpacing the number of credentialed professionals that are able to fill them. UCR’s Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program provides intensive instruction and supervised concentrated fieldwork in the use of behavior principles to support the behavioral health of children and adults. Taught by faculty with backgrounds in ABA, education, and psychology, the courses are aimed at individuals who wish to provide behavioral support services to students in educational and clinical settings, including special educators, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and other behavioral health providers.

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Certification examination pass rates are published annually by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (available at However, data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

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Program Overview


The ABA program curriculum meets the educational requirements of the BACB for certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Examples of required courses include:

EDUC 217: Single Case Experimental Design
EDUC 235: Ethics for Applied Behavior Analysis
EDUC 236A-D: Behavior Analytic Skills Development Levels 1-4
EDUC 254C: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment
EDUC 255E: Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Students admitted into the program must complete 64 required units plus a portfolio project.

In addition to coursework, students will also be actively engaged in supervised fieldwork. This combination of coursework and supervised fieldwork training is designed to prepare students for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. The program begins in the fall quarter and can be completed in four quarters.

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Currently, career opportunities for professionals with training in ABA are available across a range of industries, with the greatest demand in educational services, health care, and social assistance. Many behavior analysts in educational services work in schools and educational support services organizations. In health care, ABA professionals may work in ambulatory health care services, hospitals, and nursing facilities. For those interested in social assistance, opportunities are available in child and family service organizations. Jobs are also available in other fields and the outlook is very promising for those seeking a career with the skills they will develop in UCR’s ABA program.

Meet the Applied Behavior Analysis Faculty

We encourage prospective students to reach out to faculty whose research interests align with their own.

Faculty and Research

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Positive behavior support
  • Response to intervention/multi-tiered systems of support
  • School-based consultation

Read more about our faculty research.