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BS in Psychology / MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

Build off a bachelor of science in psychology with a master of science in applied behavior analysis to gain a deeper understanding of behavioral challenges and interventions.

Following the pathway from a BS in Psychology to an MA in Applied Behavior Analysis focuses your career path on an in-demand clinical area. Opportunities for certified behavioral analysts are growing, and a master’s degree increases marketability among employers.


  • Earn an undergraduate degree focused on behavior, emotions, development, and mental processes
  • Become an evidence-based, outcomes-focused board-certified behavioral analyst
  • Learn from one of the only Behavior Analyst Certification Board-certified programs in the state
  • Gain expertise in academic interventions, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disabilities
  • Experiential learning opportunities at on-campus, research-based clinics


Coursework will help you gain a broad base of knowledge in history, the humanities, mathematics, languages, and science in your first two years. Students typically begin graduate-level coursework by their fourth year and continue with graduate-level coursework the following summer, fall and spring after graduating with a BSEd.

Download a sample program of study Visit the Double Dawgs website

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .


Application Process

The degree pathways are structured so that undergraduates first move through their core and major courses in approximately three years. Because undergraduates may share up to 12 graduate-level courses with their undergraduate program of study, the master’s degree coursework begins when students are still undergraduates. After successful completion of their bachelor’s degree coursework, and completion of requirements for the UGA Graduate School, they become master’s students.

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships allow a maximum of 127 attempted or paid hours, whichever is reached first, for students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This can be used to cover tuition for both undergraduate and graduate coursework. HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships will only pay tuition at the lower rate, whether it is the graduate or undergraduate rate. Once a student meets the requirements for graduation from the undergraduate program, they are no longer eligible for the HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships.

Admissions Criteria

Admission will be based on a portfolio of information, including the graduate application, official transcripts, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and resume.

Students who meet all of the following requirements will be eligible to apply for the ABA master’s degree program:

  • GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores: Minimum GRE results of 146 verbal and 146 quantitative; alternatively, applicants may choose to take the Miller Analogies Test. We require a minimum score of 402 for the Miller Analogies Test.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken.
  • Foreign applicants will also need to score a minimum of 20 points each on the Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL, with an overall minimum score of 80. Test scores must be within five years from the date of application.

Admission To The Pathway

Students interested in pursuing the pathway should have at least 60 credit hours completed at the time of application. Students must also have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and an ACT or SAT score that places them at or above the 70th percentile. Students should complete the College of Education Double Dawgs application and also submit the following via email to Sekita Stroud :

  • A resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (maximum of two pages) specifying why you wish to join the Double Dawgs program in psychology/applied behavior analysis

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to apply to this program is Jan. 15. For more details, visit the Double Dawgs website .

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Academic Advisors

A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study. You will typically begin with an undergraduate advisor and, as you are accepted to the Double Dawgs pathway, you will be paired with a graduate advisor.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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