Department of Psychology

Prospective Students

Important Note Regarding this program: As of Fall 2016 the Auburn University Master’s ABA program provides the 42-credit curriculum via a two-year training model (five consecutive semesters). Successful applicants for Fall 2016 and thereafter are admitted to the two-year program. The one-year model is no longer offered. If you have questions about the ABA program, please contract Dr. John Rapp at or (334) 844-6668. ***

***Revised Deadline: The application deadline has changed from previous years. It is now January 15***

Practicum training

This program requires students to complete an intensive practicum that offers formal training in varied service delivery settings involving individuals with developmental disabilities. The practicum component involves approximately 20 hours per week of on-site training during each semester. Practicum settings include an early intervention preschool for children with autism spectrum disorders, a campus-based treatment facility for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, consultation services within the local school district, in-home and school-based consultation and intervention services with foster families across Alabama, and a juvenile correction facility. In addition, practicum training involves a weekly practicum class, small group supervisory sessions, and individual supervisory meetings. Students receive mastery-based training on a comprehensive set of practical skills and must complete an empirical capstone project.


This program is designed so that graduates meet both coursework and experience requirements specified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) for qualifying to take the certification examination to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The BACB® has approved both program coursework and experience training as meeting its current requirements. More about Certification. BACB Pass Rates (On-campus only)


Applicant's bachelor's degree may be in any field. Applicants with grade point averages of at least 3.0 and Graduate Record Examination scores of at least 145 for Quantitative and 150 for Verbal will be given priority. In addition, applicants should be able to identify behaviorally oriented course work and practical experience with individuals with disabilities.

The application deadline is January 15. Applications to the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology and complete application instructions are available via the link at the end of this paragraph. Students will be admitted starting only in the fall term. Shortly after the application deadline, a select group of applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview. More about Admission. See biographical information of current admitted students.

Financial Assistance

Each year there are a number of Agency Fellowships available to qualified ABA-MS students. These fellowships are sponsored by public and private human service agencies in Alabama. The fellowships take the form of .33 FTE assistantships that pay a monthly stipend as well as both in- and out-of-state tuition. Students accepting these fellowships agree to work for the sponsoring agency for one to two years immediately following graduation. The fellowships are not awarded until late in the summer prior to the beginning of the academic year, and assignments to agencies are not determined until an agency interview process is completed late in the Fall term. All ABA-MS students are automatically considered for these fellowships/assistantships; there is no separate application. Please note that fellowships/assistantships are not available for students in the ABM-ABA program. More about financial assistance.

Auburn University

Located deep in the rolling hills of East Alabama, Auburn University is one of the South's premier land grant institutions. Auburn is the largest university in Alabama, with an enrollment of approximately 25,000. Students come from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: January 08, 2018