Applied Behavior Analysis Application Instructions

Admission to the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science (ABACS) is competitive. Students who desire to apply must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time they enroll in a graduate course.

An interview with the program director may be required as part of the application process. An admissions representative will contact you to schedule your interview after all other requirements have been submitted.

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines:

Applications for the ABACS program are accepted on an annual basis. The application deadlines for the Fall 2020 cohort are as follows:

  • Early Decision Deadline - March 1, 2020
  • Regular Decision Deadline - May 15, 2020 (Late applications will be considered based on space available).
  • Applications for waitlist consideration for the Fall 2020 cohort will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through June 15, 2020.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit all of the items listed below. Applications will be considered upon receipt of all materials. After your application packet is complete, we will contact you to arrange a personal interview on campus with a member of the Rollins College faculty.

  • TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts of your academic work from each college or university that you have attended, including Rollins College (if appropriate), regardless of whether or not coursework from one institution is listed on another school transcript. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

    Prerequisites (or approved equivalents): Introduction to Psychology and a learning/behavior management course. Both courses are offered and may be taken in the summer term prior to program entry. Students who have not taken a learning/behavior management course and cannot complete one prior to beginning the program may still be considered for admission, but will be required to enroll in the part-time, 3-year track.

    • Any student that submits a foreign transcript is responsible for having these transcripts sent through an evaluation service for translation. Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. and WES may be used for evaluation services.
  • TEST SCORES: A current (within the last five years) official test score report from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A score above the 50th percentile (300+) is preferred. Applicants who have five or more years of professional experience in applied behavior analysis or a related field or have a high undergraduate gpa may petition to have the test scores waived. Submit your request by letter (no more than 1 page) along with your other supporting documents. NOTE: Applicants with a master’s or higher degree from an accredited college/university are exempt from the admission test requirement.

  • RECOMMENDATION LETTERS: Two letters of recommendation on the provided forms. Select professional and/or academic supporters who know you and can appraise your ability to pursue a graduate degree in this area. References may provide letters of recommendation to accompany the form.

  • ESSAY: A three to five-page paper detailing the applicant’s understanding of applied behavior analysis as a field, why the applicant would like to become an applied behavior analyst, and why the applicant believes his program is the right fit for him or her.

  • RESUME: A current resume reflecting any paid and/or volunteer experience.

International Students Only

  • Students who have earned degrees from non-English speaking institutions should submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A score of at least 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer test)  is required on the TOEFL for admission.
  • Students who are not American citizens must demonstrate appropriate permanent resident or visa status.  Only full-time student status qualifies students for an F1 Visa.

Start your application now.

Submit materials to:

Graduate Studies in ABACS
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave - 2725
Winter Park, FL 32789

or email to


Downloadable Application Instructions

Letter of Recommendation

If you have questions about the admission process, please all 407.646.2037 or email

Applications for admission are considered on the basis of the qualifications of each applicant without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Rollins College is an equal opportunity institution that adheres to a non-disciplinary policy with respect to employment, enrollment, and programs.