Educational Psychology

Supplemental content for MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

Admission Information

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants to the MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis program must meet the minimum requirements below:

  • An earned bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional or national accrediting body, and
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program or 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a graduate degree program.
    • Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration. The letter should provide evidence of their ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may be denied automatically. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the program.

Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Admissions decisions will be based on the overall quality of application materials and program capacity. 

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round; however, the following priority deadlines apply:

  • Priority consideration for Spring matriculation: November 15
  • Priority consideration for Summer matriculation: March 15
  • Priority consideration for Fall matriculation:   June 15

Students that apply by the priority deadline are given preference for space in the program.

Final deadlines are: August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: An Response to the following question: "Why do you seek training in applied behavior analysis?"
  • Letters of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate school and a career in behavior analysis.
    • Only professional letters of recommendation will be accepted. Letters from professors, professionals in the field of behavior analysis, and/or supervisors from employment/internship settings are recommended. Letters from family members and friends will not be accepted.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.

Where to send transcripts and application materials 

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

International Applicants

Fully online programs will not meet eligibility for a student visa (I-20). On-campus courses will be required.

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (


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For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.