Admission Requirements

Admission to our Master's program is very competitive.  Hence, the application deadline is February 15th.  All application materials, including recommendation letters, should be submitted by February 15th.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission into the Applied Behavior Analysis Program students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate university.
  2. Maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in undergraduate and graduate work and a 3.25 in major field.
  3. Applicants with a Psychology major must have maintained a 3.25 in all psychology coursework and completed at least 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of psychology, including coursework in statistics and research methods.
  4. Applicants with an Education major with an emphasis in Special Education must have maintained a 3.25 PGA in the professional education courses and the certificate subject area of Special Education.
  5. The following Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are recommended as minimum scores for consideration of applicants:  A Verbal Reasoning score of 151 or higher; a Quantitative Reasoning score of 142 or higher; and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5.
  6. All applications to the graduate program will be required to complete a Family Care Safety Registry background check.  If you are a Missouri resident and have not completed the Family Care and Safety Registry (FCSR) form, please do so by following this link: 

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The Applied Behavior Analysis program began in the Fall of 2014 and accepts a cohort of students each fall. All application materials must be complete by February 15 for early admission consideration.  Although late applications (those not completed by February 15) will be considered if vacancies are available, it is unusual for there to be openings after the early applicants have been evaluated.

Application process

To apply for admission to the Master of Science degree in the department of psychology, you should complete the steps listed below:

  1. Apply to and be admitted to the Graduate College at Missouri State University. A $35 application fee is required. Please note that being admitted to graduate study at Missouri State is not equivalent to being admitted to the graduate program in the department of psychology.
  2. Submit transcripts to the Missouri State University office of admissions in Carrington Hall.
  3. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Graduate College. Please note that applicants will not be considered until GRE scores are received.
  4. Submit a completed application for admission form to the department of psychology for the ABA program. You will have to complete the application twice if you wish to apply to multiple programs.
  5. Provide at least three email addresses for your references in the online application. At least two of these forms should be completed by college-level teachers who are well acquainted with your academic achievements. They will be sent an email to complete the recommendation for you. 

The ABA program will review all submitted applications and will make admission decisions based on the application form, the recommendation forms, previous coursework, the GPA and GRE scores. Admission will be granted to qualified students beginning with the highest rankings until all openings in the program have been filled. If you do not meet all required criteria, you may still be considered for admission to the program based upon compensating factors.

International students

If you are an international student, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This requirement can be satisfied by submitting proof of a Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 550. Please visit International Student Services for more information.

Nondegree-seeking students

If you are a nondegree-seeking graduate student at Missouri State who wishes to become a degree-seeking graduate student in the department of psychology, you must apply to the Graduate College and must be accepted through the regular application process by the psychology department. No more than nine credits of graduate coursework may be earned as a nondegree-seeking graduate student and be counted toward a graduate degree.

Contact information

Questions about the online application may be sent to:

Dr. Michael Clayton, Coordinator

Psychology Application Email