Regulations for the Degree of Master of Professional Practice in Behaviour Analysis (MPPBA)

  1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.



  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelors degree in Psychology, Behaviour Analysis, or Education with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
    2. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.


Requirements for the Degree

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is two years.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 240 points at 500 level or above, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the Psychology entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
  4. If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), they may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points value on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.
  5. Candidates must pass the first 120 points of the qualification prescribed in the first year to be eligible to progress to the second year of the programme.


Award of Honours

  1. The degree will not be awarded with honours.



  1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.