MA vs. MA with ABA

At MSP we offer a Master of Arts in clinical psychology degree (MA) and a Master of Arts clinical psychology with a concentration in ABA degree (MA with ABA).

Graduates of the MA program are eligible to apply for the Temporary Limited License in Psychology (TLLP) in the State of Michigan. After successfully completing 2,000 postgraduate hours of supervised clinical experience, and passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), graduates may apply for the Permanent Limited License (LLP) at the Master’s level.

Graduates of the MA with ABA program are eligible to apply for the TLLP and upon completion of fieldwork hours are also eligible to sit for the international exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

The table below provides a comparison of the TLLP and BCBA licensures. 

TLLP/LLP BCBA
Requirements
TLLP: Master's degree, completed practicum LLP: Supervised postgrad clinical experience, completion of the EPPP
Meet eligibility requirements (MSPs program), complete fieldwork hours and pass the BCBA exam. Must recertify every 2 years.
Ability to practice outside of Michigan
Eligibility for licensure and ability to practice with a Master's varies by state
The BCBA lisensure comes from an international exam and can be used nationwide
Ability to practice
Practice under the supervision of a doctoral level clinician
Practice independently
Avaerage Salary*
$78,736
$96,477
Clients
Ability to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings
Ability to work with clients who need behavior-analytic interventions, typically children with Autism
Accrediting Body
Michigan Board of Psychology and Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
Behavior Analyst Certification Board®

*According to data from ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and Indeed

Program Curriculum

The MA and MA with ABA curriculums encompass coursework and clinical training. The two programs have some overlapping courses but for students with an ABA concentration, ABA courses replace five of the traditional  MA courses. The MA program can be completed in a minimum of one year and is 48 credit hours while the MA with ABA program is a minimum of two years and 54 credit hours.

MA

Core Classes

  • Core Concepts in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
  • Human Development and Behavior
  • Evidence Based Theory & Intervention
  • Crisis and Trauma Counseling
  • Foundations of Psychopathology
  • Assessment I & Assessment I Lab
  • Assessment II & Assessment II Lab
  • Practicum I, II, III

MA Specific

  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Existential and Phenomenological Psychology
  • Professional and Scientific Ethics
  • Research Foundations
  • Group Process: Theory and Practice

MA with ABA

Core Classes

  • Core Concepts in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
  • Human Development and Behavior
  • Evidence Based Theory & Intervention
  • Crisis and Trauma Counseling
  • Foundations of Psychopathology
  • Assessment I & Assessment I Lab
  • Assessment II & Assessment II Lab
  • Practicum I, II, III

ABA Specific

  • Behavioral Measurement & Research Methods
  • Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Ethics in Psychology & Behavior Analysis
  • Advanced Concepts and Practices in Applied Behavior Analysis

MA with ABA students who have an interest in MA-specific courses may choose to add the course as an elective.

Read the MA course descriptions

Read the MA with ABA course descriptions. 

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