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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

ABAI Accredited Programs: Western Michigan University 


The Ph.D. Program in Behavior Analysis incorporates all of the requirements of the MA program plus additional advanced behavior analytic coursework, research, and practical training, and prepares students for three roles: teaching/research in a college or university setting, systems-oriented applied positions in the human services, and professional positions in industrial/organizational settings. Students spend much of their time engaged in research with faculty members. Although the doctoral program is not APA accredited, students may improve their chances of obtaining future state licensure as doctoral psychologists by taking APA-recommended coursework as part of their program of study and completing an APA-approved predoctoral internship for course credit (Psy 6950). Students wishing to pursue this option should consult with their major professor about coursework and internship options. To apply for an internship, students must pass their comprehensive exam and successfully defend their dissertation prospectus by November 1 of the application year.


MA Program in Behavior Analysis from the Department of Psychology (1998–2019)



The MA Program in Behavior Analysis is a "terminal" master's degree program that combines behavior analytic coursework, practica, and research experience. It prepares students for doctoral programs and employment at the MA level in areas such as developmental disabilities, business and industry, mental health, substance abuse, education, and government.


These programs include a BACB pre-approved course sequence.


Contact for programs: Dr. Stephanie Peterson


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