Master's in Organizational Behavior Management

Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 8149 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE  

Program Chair
David A. Wilder, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Organizational behavior management (OBM) is applied like traditional industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, but is behavioral rather than cognitive or eclectic. It is analytic in that it relies on the systematic manipulation of environmental events and on directly measuring and graphing behavior (rather than reliance on written tests and interviews for assessment and evaluation). It is technological in that it precisely describes procedures in such a way that others can replicate them. Graduates may apply and enroll in the Ph.D. program in I/O psychology, combining both degrees. Graduates also may choose to combine the OBM degree with an MBA, or seek a Ph.D. in behavior analysis.

The degree program provides coursework and experience for those who plan to work as performance management or OBM consultants in business, industry, government and human service organizations. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of organizations helping management with training and staff development, improving staff performance, staff productivity and behavioral safety; reducing absenteeism and staff turnover; personnel selection and placement; and direct-line supervision of employees.

This degree program is only offered on the main campus in Melbourne.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 42 semester credit hours is required. Requirements include completing 22 credit hours of behavior analysis core courses; coursework related to OBM; either a thesis or an intensive practical training and a capstone project; and a final program examination typically administered toward the end of the student's final semester of residency. All courses for a letter grade must be passed with a grade of B or better. The final program examination for all students consists of a multiple-choice examination simulating the Behavior Analyst Certification Board certification examination at the behavior analyst (BCBA) level and covers material from all required behavior analysis courses. The final program examination is administered toward the end of the student's second spring semester.

Core Courses (22 credit hours)
  • BEH 5100 Concepts, Principles and Characteristics of Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers basic concepts and principles derived from the experimental analysis of behavior, and their relation to applied behavior analysis and its basic assumptions and characteristics.

  • BEH 5101 Behavioral and Functional Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers descriptive assessment and functional analysis, incorporating behavioral measurement, data display and date interpretation. Also covers selection and definition of target behavior and outcomes.

  • BEH 5102 Experimental Evaluation of Interventions
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers within-subject experimental methods, incorporating behavioral measurement, data display and data interpretation. Also covers program monitoring and evaluation, an overview of traditional statistical between-subjects research methods, and ethical issues in ABA research and evaluation.

  • BEH 5103 Behavior Change Procedures and Systems Support
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers behavior change procedures, generality of behavior change, transfer of technology and systems support.

  • BEH 5104 Ethical and Legal Considerations for Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 1

    Covers the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts, position papers of various professional organizations related to ethical issues in ABA, and other ethical and legal considerations for the practice of behavior analysis.

  • BEH 5105 Radical Behaviorism
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers B.F. Skinner's seminal articles on radical behaviorism, along with other notable commentaries and Skinner's response. Includes determinism, private events, verbal behavior, contingency-shaped vs rule-governed behavior, and a radical behaviorist perspective on culture and society.

  • BEH 5303 Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides an advanced overview of the fundamentals of behavior from the perspective of operant conditioning. Includes the principles and procedures used within the field of behavior analysis. Requires research and written reports and evaluations.

    Enrollment in behavior analysis degree program or instructor approval
  • BEH 5400 Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes performance and cause analysis, and intervention selection, design and implementation. Also includes evaluation of past and current research on improving workplace productivity, quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety. Addresses how performance management uses behavior principles as applied in business and industry.

Additional Core Course (3 credit hours)
  • BEH 5401 Advanced Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines human behavior in organizations from a behavior analytic perspective. Includes the interface between OBM and I/O psychology, pay for performance, motivation, performance improvement techniques, compensation, quality, job satisfaction and its relation to productivity, and the ethics of personnel management.

Business Management (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines necessary tools required to plan and run a successful business venture. Requires integration of concepts, methods and models from accounting, economics and marketing in forming a business plan for a product or service in a case study.

    First course in a two-course sequence.
Research and Capstone Project Option (14 credit hours)
  • BEH 5251 Intensive Practical Training in Behavior Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides students with hands-on experience in applied behavior analysis (assessment and/or intervention) in a practical setting. Requires regular meetings and work at an approved practicum site.

    Enrollment in master's program or program chair approval
  • BEH 5490 Capstone Project in Organizational Behavior Management
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes conducting an applied project, the quality of which is judged acceptable by a faculty supervisor.

    Considered a full-load course
  • Elective Credit Hours: 2
Research and Thesis Option (14 credit hours)
  • BEH 5900 Thesis Preparation
    Credit Hours: 1

    Includes guided review of research literature and/or pilot work relevant to the thesis topic.

  • BEH 5999 Thesis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes preparation and submission of a research thesis, the quality of which is judged acceptable by the ABA program chair, the college and graduate programs director.

    Considered a full-load if registered for at least three credits
  • Approved Electives Credit Hours: 7
Total Credits Required: 42

*If a student would like to be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination, ethics electives and intensive practical training (IPT) should be taken, resulting in a change of program plan.