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The Department of Psychology



The Department of Psychology and the Division of Special Education and Counseling jointly offer options in Applied Behavior Analysis. Both options have been accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis and are awaiting reaccreditation. The M.S. in psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis option is comprised of 55 quarter units, including courses offered by both the psychology departments and the division of special education and counseling.  The option is designed to develop specialized professional competence in the application of behavior analysis to the education and treatment of typical, autistic and developmentally disabled children as well as populations in other settings (e.g., business and industry).  The curriculum also prepares interested students for doctoral training.


The application must be accompanied by a brief, but complete, letter of intent containing a personal summary of your interest in Applied Behavior Analysis, your plans for specialization, and any experience you have had in this area.  Also, submit two academic letters of recommendation and official transcripts attached to your application.  In addition to the application, letters of reference and transcripts, a personal interview with the program director is required. Deadline for student applications is March 1st. Notification of application status will no later than May 1st and usually by April 1st.

In addition to the requirements for application to the University and the Department, completion of the MS program in Applied Behavior Analysis requires a personal interview with members of the Departments of Psychology and Counselor Education for placement in the required fieldwork component of the program. To insure that this eligibility is established, and will not prevent completion of the program, students are strongly advised to complete this interview as part of the process of application. The interview is conducted jointly by members of the Department of Psychology and the Division of Special Education and Counseling, and may be arranged by contacting Dr. Hank Schlinger in Psychology.  The interview should be completed before any class work is begun.

Core Courses

In Psychology

PSY 417          Single case design

PSY 421          Learning and behavior

PSY 428          Introduction to Analysis of Behavior

PSY 500          Seminar in Learning and behavior

PSY 528          Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis

PSY 595          Fieldwork in Psychology


PSY 596          Comprehensive Examination

PSY 598          Graduate Directed Study


PSY 597          Graduate research (Thesis preparation)

PSY 599          Thesis

In Counseling

CE 501            Behavioral analysis in school and agencies

CE 502            Adv/Behavior therapy

CE 504            Applications of behavior analysis to education

CE 592            Behavior Interventions for Severe Behavior Problems (4)

CE 593            Practicum: Consultation and staff development


Interested students should contact the Department of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles (323) 343-2250, or contact the program Director, Dr. Hank Schlinger at or by telephone at (323) 343-2257.

University Catalog

Application Form

See Application Form in Graduate Handbook

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