Applied Behavior Analysis – Master of Science (MSABA)

Master of Science (M.S.)

Earn your master degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University Shreveport, a program designed to develop professional behavior analysts.

Prepare for a professional career or doctoral study through the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at LSU Shreveport. Developing the conceptual foundations and applied skills to practice as a behavior analyst, this master’s degree program includes the academic requirements you need to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in Louisiana.

Why LSUS’ Applied Behavior Analyst program? 

The MSABA program contains a series of core courses in applied behavior analysis that have been reviewed and approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board as a Verified Course Sequence (VCS). Students will possess all required classroom content hours toward eligibility to register for the certification exam upon completion.

At LSUS, you’ll also find unique opportunities to work in the field and conduct research, and a level of personal interaction with faculty you won’t find in many graduate programs. Additionally, the LSUS ABA program offers course schedules based on student need and succinct schedules to help you balance work and school obligations. 

Research and experiential learning

Throughout your coursework in the LSUS Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program, you will be afforded hands-on clinic experience in our on-campus Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic, as well as placement with local community partners. 

The program includes practicum, internship, and a thesis or research project in addition to faculty research labs. This program design will help you develop scientific skills to be effective professionals and provide you with expertise in specialized areas such as autism, developmental disabilities, verbal behavior and communication, staff training, and beyond.

LSUS MSABA Admissions Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and must complete the online LSUS Application for Graduate Admission and submit official transcripts from institutions where courses have been attempted to the Office of Admissions and Records. In addition, applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Program must meet all requirements outlined below.

Applicants must also submit to (1) two Letters of Reference; (2) a completed Program Application form; (3) Letter of Intent expressing the reasons for wanting to become a behavior analyst and indicating plans after the degree; and (4) a current Resumé/CV. All material must be received prior to the program application deadline, which will be March 30th for the Fall Semester. An application is complete only when all required materials have been received. Once all admissions paperwork is complete, a formal interview is required with the program faculty.

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Explore the Applied Behavior Analyst Master’s Degree at LSUS

Earn your master’s degree at LSUS and prepare for a career as a licensed or certified Applied Behavior Analyst. The master’s in applied behavior analysis program is also an excellent foundation to pursue doctoral degree programs in behavior analysis, psychology, and rehabilitation.

Graduate training model 

The Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training with a strong focus on evidence-based practices in working for socially significant behavior change. The scientist-practitioner model emphasizes a data-based approach to assessment, treatment, and evaluation to ensure the greatest benefit for individuals in treatment services.

Student life 

LSUS is home to more than 70 student clubs and organizations that offer a variety of opportunities to get involved in the community and network with area professionals. Students are encouraged to join MSABA faculty in professional opportunities at local, regional, and national conferences in the field of applied behavior analysis.

Learn from the best 

Our faculty engage in practice and research across  areas of the ABA field, from basic and translational science to severe problem behavior intervention to communication and social skills.  Each have more than a decade of experience in applied behavior analysis, with faculty regularly publishing research in field-leading journals, holding editorial board and reviewer positions, and disseminating research and practice advancements at academic conferences across the country. Students will be provided clinical and research opportunities in active research labs and applied clinical settings with close supervision from faculty.

Financial aid for master’s in counseling graduate students 

More than $12.4 million in scholarship money is awarded to LSUS students each year. Take some time to explore the types of financial aid you could qualify for. 


Average salary for Licensed Behavior Analysts

Where Can a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from LSUS Take You?

Applied behavior analysts practice in a variety of settings including: 

  • Hospitals and rehabilitation clinics
  • Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community mental health agencies 
  • Organizational and industrial settings


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Counseling Faculty

Kacie Blalock, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: Business Education, Room 356
Phone: 318-797-5042
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Michael Becerra, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: BE 347
Phone: 318-795-4211
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Meredith Nelson, PhD

Office: BE 353
Phone: 318-797-5199
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Yong Dai, PhD

Department Chair
Office: Business Education, Room 348A
Phone: 318-797-5045
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Tracie Pasold, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: BE 358
Phone: 318-797-5048
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