Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science

Courses and Course Descriptions

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Core Course Descriptions

View the most up to date Applied Behavioral Science course descriptions from the Academic Catalog.

  • ABS 7600s (1-2 credit hours)
    In-depth coverage of special topics in applied behavioral science. Topics vary.
  • ABS 7100 Methodology I (3 credit hours)
    Emphasis on research designs, testing hypotheses, and techniques for collecting data such as questionnaire formation, sampling, surveys, scaling, interviewing, and analysis of documents and records.
  • ABS 7110 Methodology II (3 credit hours)
    Analysis and interpretation of data in social research, with emphasis on multivariate statistical techniques.
  • ABS 7120 Applied Methodology (3 credit hours)
    Addresses issues pertaining to the collection and analysis of data in various settings, for the purpose of program evaluation, policy analysis, and other applied objectives.
  • ABS 7220 Seminar on Criminal Justice (3 credit hours) An investigation of the criminal justice system in the United States and its relation to deviant adult and juvenile behavior.
  • ABS 7230 Modern Social Theory (3 credit hours) Survey of social theories that form the foundations of sociology and examine major contemporary social problems of the modern world.

These courses are not prerequisites for each other, but it is HIGHLY suggested that students take the courses in numerical order (the ones that end in 00, 10, then 20).

Combined B.A. & M.A. Degree Programs (4+1 Program)

Admission Process 

The ABS program has worked collaboratively with the Crime & Justice Studies Program and the Sociology & Anthropology Department to create a combined 5 year combined undergraduate and master’s degree. At the end of their junior year, students who wish to pursue a five-year combined B.A./M.A. degree should submit to the Graduate School an application for the combined degree program. The combined degree programs are available to students who are completing undergraduate degrees in either Sociology or Crime & Justice Studies. Additionally, required documents include: (1) a WSU transcript; (2) A program of study approved by both the undergraduate advisor and ABS program director. 

Admission Requirements 

To participate in the combined-degree program, students must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Senior standing for the semester they start the combined-degree program. 
  • 3.2 or better cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate work 
  • Undergraduate advisor’s approval, and 
  • A recommendation from the ABS program to be accepted in the program. 

Program Requirements 

In order to earn both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees, students in the combined degree program must satisfy all coursework requirements for both degrees. Up to nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate electives at the 7000 level may be double counted and applied to both the B.A. and M.A. degree requirements. Please contact Dr. Bergdahl at to make inquiries about the 4+1 programs. 

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