Admission Process

Admissions Deadline

The deadline for applications for our Fall 2015 cohort is Friday, April 17, 2015. However, students are admitted into the Program on a rolling basis. Admissions is closed once the Program reaches its cap of 20 students.

Admission Requirements and Process

All applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Submit all application materials to:  Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, Attention Debbie Pierce, Spalding University, 845 South Third Street, Louisville, KY  40203-2188.

1.  Graduate Application and $30 nonrefundable fee made payable to Spalding University.

a.  To download an application please click on Application. For additional information contact Debbie Pierce, Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, Spalding University, 845 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203-2188, 502-992-2498, or at All application materials may be submitted separately.

b.  For Financial Aid information contact Michelle Standridge, Graduate Student Financial Aid Officer (email Michelle),  845 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203-2188, 502-873-4333. Or apply online via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA),

2. A three to five page autobiographical statement responding to the following three questions:

  • Describe the life experiences, events, and people influencing your decision to become an applied behavior analyst.
  • Describe your personal vulnerabilities and strengths that might hinder or enhance your skills as an applied behavior analyst. Specifically discuss any history of addictions, problems in the work setting, criminal convictions and/or times in which you had to seek help for personal or family problems.
  • State your long-term goals, and describe how graduate work will help you achieve these goals.

3.  Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources familiar with your background and experiences in relation to your application for the ABA graduate program. Please click Recommendation Form to download or contact the ABA Graduate Office (see information in 1 a).

4.  One professional academic writing sample that demonstrates your best academic work. This may be, but is not limited to, a portion of a thesis, senior paper, research report, term paper, or behavior plan written as part of either an educational or professional experience.

5.  Official academic records and test scores.

a.  All official transcripts from postsecondary programs, sent directly from the University attended to the ABA Graduate Program. Applicants with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher will be given preferred consideration.

b.  One official test score report from either Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogy Test (MAT). There are no minimum score requirements, however, a test score report must be submitted to complete the application. Spalding University’s Institution Code is:  R1552.

6.  Prior to final acceptance, all students considered for admission into the ABA program will participate in an interview with program faculty and will be contacted to complete a background check.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Students:  All applicants for whom English is a second language (ESL) are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test for Spoken English (TSE). The scores must be sent directly to the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Spalding University. Additional requirements may be necessary for International applicants.