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Chicago, IL 60654-1822
Students applying to the Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization program must submit the following:
- Application Fee: $50
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Essays - Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each).
- Describe the areas of applied behavior analysis that most interest you - including your professional goals - and how those interests developed. How will completion of the doctoral program in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization facilitate achieving your professional goals?
- As a behavior analyst, you are likely to work and study with people from many different backgrounds. Tell us some of the challenges you see studying and working with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions.
- Official College/University Transcripts
- Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
- Previous Coursework
- Earned grade of "C" or better in the following courses:
- Statistics or Research Methods
- Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization program (Post- Master’s) is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree as specified below from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.
The school admits applicants whom it judges to possess sufficient academic aptitude, as well as the emotional and social maturity to function effectively as a professional behavior analyst. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to engage in graduate work.
Applicants must meet one of these three requirement categories for admission to the Ph.D. post-master's:
- Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and hold a current BCBA® certification in good standing OR
- Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and have completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list. These courses must be completed prior to enrollment in Ph.D. ABA doctoral program courses. OR
- Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and have taken courses for the Third Edition Task List, but do not currently hold the BCBA® credential may elect to take courses at TCSPP that provide the supplemental content necessary for testing under the Fourth Edition Task List prior to starting doctoral courses. These courses will not count towards the doctoral level graduation requirements.
- Graduate coursework* that includes:
- 3 credits of Experimental Analysis of Behavior
- 3 credits of Science and Human Behavior
- 2 credits in Analysis of Verbal Behavior
- A completed empirical, behavior analytic thesis
- Students needing to complete the thesis pre-requisite or the supervised fieldwork required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination may be admitted to the Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization program and must complete these pre-requisites prior to being allowed to enroll in PA730 Comprehensive 1. These courses will not count towards the doctoral level graduation requirements.
*Admissions committee may request syllabi and thesis for review and approval by program faculty. Based on the evaluation of these materials, selected candidates may be invited to interview for further consideration of their application.