Are you interested in how environment affects behavior?

UNT’s innovative Behavior Analysis master’s degree gives you a broad and deep education in Behavior Analysis, including: knowledge of principles, theory and research methods of applied behavior analysis and the experimental analysis of behavior; principles and procedures for systematic application of behavioral technology in natural environments; and, practical experience in diverse areas such as neuro-operant interventions, functional analysis, early autism intervention, animal welfare, college teaching and social justice.

Our graduate program was the first in the United States to earn accreditation from the Association for Behavior Analysis International and our courses have been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board

Application Process

Fall 2021 Application Deadline is January 11, 2021.

The Master's of Science in Behavior Analysis is offered through the Department of Behavior Analysis housed in the College of Health and Public Service. We are very proud of our M.S. program which was the first graduate program in the nation to be accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis - International.  We are able to offer what is recognized worldwide as the most extensive training available in behavior analysis at the master’s degree level.
In addition to a world-class faculty and a wide range of departmental projects available to students, an array of resources necessary to ensure student success are also available at UNT including a well-stocked library system, computer labs, student health-care, and state-of-the-art workout facilities. The department also makes available computers, printers, and some shared office space to allow students to work on departmental lab and clinic projects on site.
Application Procedures

Please notice that there are two, separate applications you must complete and submit: one application is to the graduate school and the other application is to the department. The deadline for the departmental application is January 15, and both applications must be completed by that date.

Step One

Toulouse School of Graduate Studies (TGS)  Application:

  • A completed application for admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.  Students can now apply through

  • Payment of non-refundable application fee of $75.00 for US Residents

  • Official score reports of appropriate standardized examinations (e.g, the GRE). These examinations may be taken at the UNT Testing Service.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended sent directly to UNT.


Step Two

Department of Behavior Analysis Application:

  • A completed Department of Behavior Analysis application (see below).

  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

  • A personal statement of interest outlining your goals, your interests in behavior analysis, and why you want to attend the graduate program at UNT.

  • We require three letters of recommendation and completed recommendation form from professionals in your discipline (BCBAs, academicians, employers) who can comment on your work habits and your ability to successfully complete graduate-level work. At least one letter from an academic source is preferred. 

  •  We also require that all applicants to the master’s program have completed at least two behavior analysis courses as prerequisites prior to beginning the program of study in the Fall.

    • While we require two courses in behavior analysis, a specific course is not required. Any course that is taught from a behavior-analytic perspective may count towards the requirement (e.g., Psychology of Learning; Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis, etc...) If you have questions if the course(s) that you have completed fulfills this requirement, please contact Dr. Karen Toussaint at

    • Students without these prerequisites may still apply for admission into the graduate program. We offer one “leveling” course (offered online) that fulfills our prerequisite requirement that can be completed prior to beginning the program in the Fall. You can get more information about this course by contacting Mariah Hope at or by calling 940.891.6720.


Step Three

Other Info and Online Application

The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15th. We do not have a Spring enrollment option. We look forward to receiving your application by the deadline. (Please note that the department deadline is earlier and not the same as the Toulouse Graduate School's application deadline). 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our department and program not answered in the sources listed here. Please contact Dr. Karen Toussaint, Chair of Admissions, at if you have any questions about the admissions process. If you need to reach someone in the university, please use the following 800 number: 1-800-UNT-8211.

BEHV Graduate Application

Tuition Costs

Examine how much it would cost to receive a degree from the College of Health and Public Service by visiting:

Financial assistance

Amounts vary each year, but the following financial assistance programs are available to help you pursue your education:

  • Douglas P. Field Memorial Scholarship 
  • Grace of a Miracle Scholarship in Behavior Analysis
  • Guy Bedient Memorial Scholarship in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Madonna Ludlum Memorial Scholarship
  • Part-time employment in faculty-supervised projects (10 to 20 hours per week)
  • Research assistantships (10 to 20 hours per week)

Information about scholarships, including department-specific scholarships, as well as information about other financial assistance programs is available at  


Scholarships & more

The Department of Behavior Analysis in UNT’s College of Health and Public Service offers scholarships to students each year, including:

  • Donald L. Whaley Memorial Scholarship
  • Douglas P. Field Scholarship for Graduate Student Research
  • Grace of a Miracle Scholarship

Your Academic Advisor

Graduate students are advised by department faculty. Karen Toussaint can help connect you with potential faculty advisors based on your unique interests.

Karen Toussaint, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor
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Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysis is a natural science that studies the effects of the environment on the behavior of individuals. Its principles are universal. They can be applied with any population, including children with autism, people with developmental disabilities, parents and children, pet owners, college students, healthcare providers, athletes, employees, and CEOs.
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