College of Education

Applied Behavior Analysis - Graduate

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The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (MS in ABA) is an on-campus only degree program that will train graduate students to provide behavioral consultation, support, and training to teachers, staff, parents, and individuals with challenging behaviors and/or intensive training needs. The MS in ABA will provide opportunities for graduate students to work within schools*, homes, and/or other facilities that house individuals with challenging behaviors. In addition, graduate students will be exposed to individuals from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, and disability backgrounds.

Master's Program Description

The program at the University of Kentucky (UK) will focus on children and youth with challenging behaviors from 2 years of age through 21 years of age. In addition, our focus will be on children and youth identified with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorder (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, as well as other academic or mental health issues that affect the child’s or youth’s behavior.

Master's Application Requirements

  1. CV
    • Please include degree(s), relevant work history, service to the community, honors, membership(s), organizations.
  2. Personal Statement
    • Applicants must submit a personal statement describing previous experiences that led to this career goal
  3. Writing sample
    • Please include a research or literature review paper from a previous course. Make sure the paper conforms to APA 6th edition guidelines.
  4. Contact information to set up interview with faculty.
  5. Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

The GRE is not required for admission to this program.


Application Deadlines
  • ​Fall: December 15