In the Department of Psychology, students work toward a Master of Arts degree in behavioral psychology, emphasizing either applied behavior analysis or doctoral preparation in behavior analysis, behavioral psychology or related fields.


The goal of the master's program in behavioral psychology is to train students to be researchers and clinicians using a scientist-practitioner model. Through a combination of coursework and practical experiences, we provide training that spans the domains of behavior analysis: the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and service delivery.

We have assumed this mission because we believe the solutions to many problems of great social significance require professionals who are engaged with the science and ethics of behavior analysis throughout their careers.


We offer a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Arts in Psychology degree with a specialization in Behavior Analysis. The program has two primary goals:

(1) Applied Behavior Analysis (BACB® Verified course sequence and practica):  Students interested in sitting for the BACB® certification exam and practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the master's level or applying to a doctoral program in Behavior Analysis.

(2) Doctoral Preparation:  Students interested in significantly improving their chances of being accepted into a doctoral program at other institutions in behavior analysis or behavioral clinical/counseling psychology. 



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2-3 Years

Time to Complete Degree

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Department of Psychology

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211