Call for MA in ABA Students

The Special Education Program at Michigan State University is accepting applications for the 2021-2023 cohort of Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis.  

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  • 1:2 Faculty to Student ratio  
  • Rigorous training in behavior-analytic practice in settings and topics such as 1) community-based autism treatment, 2) adult vocational training, 3) telehealth, and/or 4) behavior disorders 
  • Research thesis completed under supervision of faculty advisor who is a doctoral level BCBA and MSU faculty, and renowned expert in disability research 
  • Fieldwork supervision at faculty-run or program-sanctioned placements 
  • 36 credit hybrid program offering the convenience of online coursework combined with on campus instruction and supervision  
  • The program’s first time pass rate for graduates who take the BCBA exam has maintained at or above 86% since 2017 


  • Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2021  
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for applicants! 
  • The following factors are significant in determining admission:  
  • A grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in the last 2 years of undergraduate and all graduate courses  
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities (e.g., in a school/work, clinical, or home setting) or other experience with behavior analysis that is acceptable to the faculty 

For more information about the program, please contact the Applied Behavior Analysis Program Director, Dr. Matt Brodhead. Interested students may apply online at

Behavior Analysis Faculty and Profiles 

Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Assistant Professor 

Faculty Profile 

Marisa Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Associate Professor and Co-Director of Spartan Project SEARCH 

Faculty Profile 

Joshua Plavnick, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Associate Professor and Director of the Early Learning Institute 

Faculty Profile  

Tiffany Stauch, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Assistant Professor  

Faculty Profile: 

Charis Wahman, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Assistant Professor 

Faculty Profile