The Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University offers two graduate programs in behavior analysis:
General program characteristics
- Primary specialty areas: developmental disabilities, basic operant research with humans and non-humans, organizational behavior management / performance management, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral gerontology and behavioral medicine
- Both programs operate using a mentorship model
- Research facilities: non-human behavior labs (including behavioral pharmacology), child and adult studies labs, physiological research facilities and organizational behavior management labs
- Students have practical opportunities in behavioral medicine, performance management and out-patient/in-patient clinical/educational sites
- Both programs have been accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International through 2014.
- The core curriculum is pre-approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
The December 2011 issue of the ABAI newsletter, Inside Behavior Analysis, describes both graduate programs offered in behavior analysis at WMU.
Systems Analysis Practicum
Applications are considered for the fall semester only. The departmental application file must be completed by Dec. 15. Applications to the Office of Admissions must also be submitted by this date.
Preferred qualifications include a bachelor's degree with at least 18 semester hours in psychology, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and minimum scores corresponding to the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Additional criteria taken into consideration include previous coursework in behavioral psychology, research experience, professional experience, letters of recommendation, social and professional skills, the applicant's personal statement and the extent to which the applicant's interests are judged to match the professional interests of the faculty. Meeting or exceeding these criteria does not guarantee admission to the department or any of its programs.
How to apply
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