Courses Applied Behavior Analysis

Master of Science in Psychology

Course Requirements

Credits breakdown

Total quarter credits: 58

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Twelve Required Courses



58 quarter credits

Core courses:

Foundations of Theory and Practice for Master’s Psychology Learners †

In this course, learners acquire the ability to navigate the Capella courseroom and use the resources that support academic success, including the library and writing center. Learners identify and practice the academic requirements (including APA style and formatting) necessary to successfully complete the Master’s degree program in their chosen specialization; review their specialization’s requirements, associated professional roles and organizations, and ethics and professional standards; and articulate a professional identity based on master’s-level psychology training. For MS in Psychology and MS in Clinical Psychology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
Tests and Measurements

Learners investigate essential concepts, principles, applications, and social and theoretical issues of psychological testing. Learners gain understanding in the construction of tests; analyze the development and use of tests in measuring aptitudes, achievement, attitudes, interests, and personality; and identify underlying theories of various tests. Learners analyze the characteristics desired in psychological and educational tests, with particular emphasis on reliability and validity, and evaluate best practices and professional standards for educational and psychological testing, including test bias and fairness. In addition, learners assess the role of technology in delivery, administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests.

5 quarter credits
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners develop and apply skills needed to become educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7860 or RSCH7860.

4 quarter credits
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7864 or RSCH7864.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the basic foundations, philosophy, and concepts underlying the science of behavior analysis. Learners differentiate between therapeutic approaches that are behavior-analytic and those that are not. Learners acquire knowledge of the basic principles and analyze behavior and environmental events surrounding the occurrence of behavior. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7709 *
Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners further examine the concepts underlying the science of behavior analysis. Learners discern the different types of antecedents and consequences that effect behavior. Learners practice speaking in the scientific terminology used in the science of behavior analysis. Learners also gain a basic understanding of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7708. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7710 *
Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain knowledge about the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Learners practice navigating ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the practice of behavior analysis. Learners gain perspective on how to weight risks and benefits associated with the implementation of behavior change procedures. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7709. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7711 *
Measurement and Research in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain knowledge on measurement, data display, and experimental methods commonly used in applied behavior analysis. Learners distinguish the different types of measurement that may be used and determine the conditions under which certain types should be used. Learners gain knowledge about single-subject design as well as different types of research methods used in behavior analysis. Prerequisite(s): PSY7708, PSY7709, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7710. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7712 *
Behavior Analytic Assessments

Learners apply and gain knowledge of the full range of assessment based approaches in behavior analysis. Learners gain knowledge on how to assess client's preferences, needs, and skill strengths and deficits. Learners practice conducting functional behavior assessments and analyzing results of these assessments to determine functions of behavior.  PSY7713 must be taken the quarter immediately following PSY7712.​  Prerequisite(s): PSY7710, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7711. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7713 *
Behavior Analytic Interventions

In this course, learners apply techniques of behavior change to behaviors of social significance. Learners gain knowledge on how to design behavior change systems given results of behavior assessments. Learners also gain knowledge on how to design these systems to ensure continued maintenance and generalization of skills.  PSY7713 must be taken the quarter immediately following PSY7712. Prerequisite(s): PSY7711, PSY7712. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7714 *
Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners apply evidenced-based supervision practices to the supervision of behavior-analytic programs. Learners gain knowledge on how to apply behavior change procedures. Learners apply Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to create behavior change programs to address verbal behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY7712, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7713. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7715 *
Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone

In this course, learners demonstrate knowledge, scholarship, and research proficiency in Applied Behavior Analysis. Learners demonstrate their understanding of ethical and professional conduct and basic concepts and principles in behavior analysis. Learners apply assessment techniques, implement behavior-analytic methods, and determine their effectiveness. Learners demonstrate their ability to evaluate research findings by synthesizing research and drafting an experimental outline around a behavior analytic topic of their choice.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required coursework,​ PSY7713, PSY7714. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits






58 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This specialization is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Capella University cannot guarantee eligibility for licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work.  For more information, see the professional licensure disclosures for this program on Capella’s website

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