University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 19, 2024  

Psychology, (Behavior Analysis- On Campus) M.S.

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The Behavior Analysis Program in the Department of Psychology offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Psychology. The Psychology Department provides education and research training in three areas of specialization: Behavior Analysis, Clinical, and Cognitive Brain Sciences. Students in all three areas of specialization must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate school. Prospective graduate students may access the Graduate School’s website for current information and for on-line admissions applications.

Contact Information

Ramona A. Houmanfar, Professor/Director, Behavior Analysis
(775) 682-8693

Psychology Department:
438 Mack Social Science
(775) 784-6828

Psychology Department website:

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

The aim of the Behavior Analysis Program is to provide comprehensive training in behavior analysis out of which more specialized basic, applied and theoretical interests in behavior analysis may be developed on the parts of students.  A balance of empirical, conceptual, and applied training is sought.  More specifically, the objectives of the Behavior Analysis Program are:

  1. To preserve the accumulated knowledge of behavior science by imparting it to others.
  2. To develop the science of behavior through the production of new knowledge.
  3. To contribute to the betterment of society by the application of this knowledge.
  4. To assure the viability of the profession through participation in its governance.

Admissions Requirement

Applications for acceptance to the Master’s Program are submitted to the Graduate School and must include:

  1. a graduate admission application, including fees;
  2. an official copy of the GRE scores; and
  3. official college transcripts.

Additionally, application materials should be submitted to the area of specialization in the Department of Psychology. Those packets must include

  1. Program Preference form (available on the department website);
  2. statement of purpose and goals;
  3. three letters of recommendation; and
  4. a curriculum vitae (optional).

The department website provides current degree requirements. Admission materials are due January 1.

I. Program Requirements (36 units)

The didactic curriculum includes 30 units in behavior analysis (including 3 units in methods and 6 units of practicum), as shown below.

General (3 units)

Practical Training (6 units)

The practicum provides practical training to graduate students under the supervision of faculty members. Practicum experiences may involve clinical, educational or organizational services, program development, research and/or teaching.

Thesis (6 units)

II. Program Total Hours (36 Units)

Including 6 units of thesis.


For more an overview of the BA Program, please visit our web-page at

Accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, training in Behavior Analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno is conducted via a mentorship model and includes supervised experience and instruction leading to the M.A. and/or Ph.D. degrees. The program focuses on the philosophies of behaviorism, the theory and methodology of behavior analysis, basic and applied research in human behavior, basic research in animal behavior, application of behavioral principles to organizational administration and consultation, instructional design and technology, parent and teacher training, and clinical populations, participatory governance and fiscal management.

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