SPECIAL EDUCATION (MA) - BEHAVIOR SUPPORT IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS OPTION; PLEASE APPLY TO SPECIAL EDUCATION (MA) - APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS. New Name for MA in Special Education Behavior Support at the College of Education: The Department of Disabilities and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) has renamed its MA - Behavior Support to MA in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The 36-unit curriculum required to take the exam offered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) is not be affected by this change.
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies. The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
College of Education
Arizona Global Direct - Online
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
3 letters of recommendation. Applicant may use employers and professors as references.
1 Statement of purpose / autobiographical essay - (1-2 pages, double spaced)
Submit official transcripts of all previous college work from each college of university previously attended.
English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 internet based (iBT), 550 paper based (PB), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission. Please review our English Proficiency information at https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/international/english-proficiency to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.
GRE scores not required
International Students Only
Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or
Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)
Please review our English Proficiency information at https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/international/english-proficiency to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.
Contact your advisor or program faculty for information by visiting the department web site at http://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps
Admission Term: Fall - July 15, Start Date: August
Admission Term: Spring - November 15, Start Date: January
Admission Term: Summer - April 1, Start Date: June
Admission Term: Fall - July 1, Start Date: August
Admission Term: Spring - November 1, Start Date: January
Admission Term: Summer - March 1, Start Date: June
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
36 semester hours of coursework
1. BA from an accredited institution
2. Experience with and access to persons with disabilities
3. Must not be seeking state certification as a special education teacher
Must take the following three unit courses:
500 Foundations of Special Education and Rehabilitation
502 Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention
503 Special Services in the Schools
504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners
529a Advanced Positive Behavior Support
529b Advanced Positive Behavior Support
552 Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis
553 Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
556 Research Methods in Education
590 Single Subject Research Design
597E Consultation and Collaboration for Special Needs Students,
909 Master’s Project
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.