MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Application Process

‌Creating a balance between work, life, and school can be challenging.  Courses in the ABA program are offered in an evening format offering you the flexibility to maintain this balance.  

Admittance to the ABA graduate program requires successful completion of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.  Individuals that do not meet the GPA requirement should contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admission for further information. 

Students possessing a Master's degree in Psychology or Education can be considered for the Certification Only Program.  This program comprises of 21 credit hours with students completing 9 credit hours a semester .  The Certification Only Program will be completed over 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer).  


Coordinator of Graduate Admission

Application materials required for an admission review include:

Application for Admission

Complete and digitally sign the online Application for Admission.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A current professional résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Please include information regarding current and/or past employment history as well as professional development, internships completed, and volunteer experiences.

Statement of Interest

A brief statement of interest is required (approximately 500 words).  The statement of interest should answer the following question:  

Why do you wish to pursue the ABA program and how does the program support your personal and professional goals?

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendations are required using the Applied Behavior Analysis Letter of Recommendation form.

When selecting your references, choose individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program.

Please mail completed letters of recommendation to the address below:  

Drake University School of Education
Attn: Coordinator of Graduate Admission
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

For students applying for Certification Only, the recommendation letter requirement is waived.  

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended are required. Any college credit earned, even while in high school or at a community college, must be accounted for before your application can be reviewed.

Official transcripts are prepared and sent by the institution in question and received by Drake University in a sealed envelope or a secured .pdf file.  Transcripts mailed directly to the student, must remain in the sealed envelope to be considered.  

Please have official paper transcripts mailed to the address below:

Drake University School of Education
Attn: Coordinator of Graduate Admission
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

Testing Requirement

An official entrance exam score from one of the following exams is required.  For details regarding testing locations and registration, please click on the links provided.  

For students applying for Certification Only, the testing requirement is waived.  


Application Priority Deadline is February 1.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered until the academic cohort is filled.  

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