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Master of Arts Degree in Psychology:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

A Collaboration between the UNO Psychology Department and MMI Psychology Department at UNMC

The application deadline for the School Psychology M.A. program

with emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis is January 5.

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For information on our certificarte program for those who already have earned a master's degree, click here.


Program Description

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program prepares students to be mental health practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills related to the provision of behavioral therapy for children. Students who graduate from the program will be eligible to sit for the examination (administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board []) for certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Students in the program complete 36 credit hours to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. The ABA program typically takes two years of full time study to complete.

Coursework in the ABA program also addresses content areas required for licensure as a mental health practitioner. Upon completion of the program, students will have obtained necessary prerequisites for Provisional Licensure as a Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) pending approval of the student's graduate transcript by the licensure board of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. With an additional 3000 supervised experience hours after the completion of the ABAprogram , students may sit for a licensing exam to be a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) in the State of Nebraska. Practitioners holding the BCBA and/or the LMHP typically work in clinical mental health settings, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and sometimes in schools.

The ABA program is a collaborative program managed jointly through the UNO School Psychology Program and UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI).The application is through UNO apply at: Coursework and practicum in the ABA program are approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).  

Program Philosophy

The UNO- MMI ABA’s mission is to graduate students who have met high levels of academic excellence relevant to the knowledge and skills of applied behavior analysis. The ABA program trains students in an applied behavioral analytic orientation to provide much needed services for children with behavioral disabilities.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance.