M.S. Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration: Behavior Analysis Track


The Masters of Science in Psychology, MFT concentration in the Behavior Analysis track adheres to the Scientist-Practitioner Model. Our graduate program reflects the balanced integration of theory, research, and practice inherent to the behavior analytic approach. We train our students to:

  • apply critical thought to practice
  • to ensure that their clinical work is informed by the research base of empirically-validated treatments
  • to evaluate client progress frequently

More specifically, the mission of our Masters in Psychology in the Behavior Analysis track is to provide students with a solid grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of Behavior Analysis. This theoretical understanding is closely correlated with supervised experiences using applied and experimental techniques. Our overall purpose is to train individuals with a high skill level who will, in turn, work to benefit the larger community.

Unique features

The California State University, Stanislaus M.S. in Psychology, MFT concentration, Behavior Analysis track:

  • is approved by the Certification Board for Behavior Analysis to meet the academic and educational requirements for BCBA certification
  • provides an unusual balance of knowledge in theoretical, applied, and experimental domains
  • arranges for close mentoring by Faculty who represent the spectrum of Behavior Analysis

Goals for our students

  • be well-versed in the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the analysis of behavior
  • have a variety of hands-on experience applying the the principles, techniques, and methodologies of behavior analysis
  • have a well-developed understanding of legal and ethical concerns regarding the application of behavioral principles and clinical intervention
  • be prepared for professional careers in Behavior Analysis as Certified Behavior Analysts and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)

Training model & mentoring practices

The M.S. in Psychology degree in the Behavior Analysis track at California State University, Stanislaus is structured to provide a continuum of learning experiences to ensure that students acquire beginning professional competencies.

We practice what we preach. Student mastery is enhanced by the systematic use of study guides, frequent assessment and feedback, behavioral rehearsals, etc.

As students master content, they are then provided with opportunities to demonstrate these competencies in closely supervised settings and other practicum classes.