Core Courses

Basic Content: Students take all of the following courses:
Ethics and Philosophy in BehaviorismPsych 231
Measurement, Research Design, and Statistics Psych 244A
Measurement, Research Design, and Statistics Psych 244B
Seminar in Learning and Related Problems Psych 220T
Seminar in Developmental Psychology Psych 205
Thesis Psych 299

Applied BehaviorAnalysis: Students take all of the following courses:
Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis Psych 288
Research Methods in Behavior Analysis Psych 245
Functional Assessment and Intervention Psych 289
Community Intervention and Behavior Support Psych 271
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis Psych 268

Electives: Students take one of the following:
Intervention and Prevention in School Psychology Psych 278
Cognitive and Behavior Therapy Psych 282
Instructional Consultation and Intervention Psych 286
Or other courses, as approved by the advisor



Program coursework is consistent with the national Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) Task List (3rd ed.) requirements. In addition to required behavior analytic coursework, students are expected to take additional courses to provide a broader perspective on learning, child development, special education, research, and community- and school-based service delivery.

Core Coursework (units)
  • Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (4)
  • Functional Assessment and Intervention (4)
  • Research Methods in ABA (4)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (4)
  • Teaching Students with Special Needs (3)
  • Learning (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (4)
  • Ethics (3)
Electives (two required)
  • Seminar in Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  • Intervention and Prevention (4)
  • Cognitive and Behavior Therapy (4)
  • Instructional Consultation and Intervention (4)

Students are assigned to practicum placements each semester to provide opportunities to apply skills learned in their courses. Placements include local schools, home-based programs, regional centers, and other behavior analytic service providers. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain experience in the on-campus early intervention clinic, which is housed in the psychology department. Students are assigned on-site supervisors and attend weekly supervision meetings. During the first year of the program, students work at their practicum placements for 10 hours per week. In the second year, students work at practicum placements for 20 hours per week. These requirements, along with scheduled on-campus supervision meetings (one credit hour per semester), allow student the opportunity to gain the 1000 hours of university-based practicum experience required for certification.


The Fresno State Master of Arts in Psychology program requires that all students complete an empirical thesis as part of program requirements. Students within the ABA track of the M.A. program conduct applied research related to program foci. Students may register for 3-6 credit hours of thesis during the second year of the program.