Master of Arts: Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020.

This program has one cohort a year that begins every Fall semester. 

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

Applications for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABACS) program are accepted on an annual basis.

  • Early Decision: March 1, 2020
  • Regular Decision: May 15, 2020

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.

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.

  • APPLICATION: A completed Application for Graduate Admission with a $50 non-refundable application fee. Credit card, check or money order made payable to Rollins College.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts from the bachelors or master’s degree granting college or university institution. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0+ is recommended. Official electronic transcripts may be sent to

    Prerequisites (or approved equivalents): Introduction to Psychology and a learning/behavior management course is required prior to program entry. 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/or cannot complete it 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: Three (3) letters of recommendation are required to be submitted via the online application process. Please identify professional and/or academic supporters who know you and can appraise your ability to pursue a graduate degree in this area. Recommendation letters are confidential and will be received electronically via the online application.

  • ESSAY: An essay of two to three (2-3) pages detailing your understanding of applied behavior analysis as a field, why you would like to become an applied behavior analyst, and why you believe the program is the right fit for you. This essay should be typed and double-spaced submitted via a Word or PDF document through the online application. 

  • RESUME: A current resume reflecting current position and/or volunteer experience submitted through the online application.
  • INTERVIEWS: 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.


  • We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as part of the application process.  Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or DET (Duolingo English Test).  A score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), 80 (IBT) on the (TOEFL), an overall band score of a 6.5 or higher on the (IELTS) to indicate adequate proficiency or 110 or higher on the DET.
  • 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.
  • Any student that submits a foreign college/university 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.


If you have questions about the Graduate Studies admission process, please contact:

Phone: 407-646-2037

Graduate Studies in ABACS
Rollins College | 
Hamilton Holt School
1000 Holt Avenue – 2725
Winter Park, FL 32789


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.