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MAppPsy - Behaviour Analysis as a second subject

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Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of two key areas of applied psychology.

Behaviour Analysis is a scientific approach to understanding why people and animals do what they do. Studying behaviour analysis will teach you how both animal and human behaviour is affected by events in the social and physical environment and what you can do to produce behaviour change to help improve lives. Knowledge of this science of behaviour and its behaviour-change technology will assist you in a variety of careers.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

Refer to the programme regulations.

Years: 1-2 years
Start Dates: Trimester A (March)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,282 - $9,137 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $40,860 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Case Management
  • Child Protection
  • Community Programme Coordinator
  • Disabilities Support
  • Education and Development
  • Health Promoter
  • Injury Prevention
  • Policy Analyst
  • Private Practitioner
  • Research Scientist

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Graduate study options

Options for further study after completing the Master of Applied Psychology in Behaviour Analysis include:

Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis)



Core papers:

Recommended papers:

  • PSYCH337 Individual Differences and Measurement
  • PSYCH338 Mental Health and Well Being

Some students study Behaviour Analysis in order to apply their knowledge and skills to human problems, and to do work based on behavioural principles in an applied setting or to undertake research in these areas. Others study it to work with animal behaviour; they may be interested in research or in animal problem behaviours or animal training. Some combine both research and practice and/or the study of animal and human behaviour.

For whatever reason you are considering taking courses in this area, the behavioural courses and programmes will provide you with knowledge which you can use to understand, study and work practically with behaviour. An understanding of how and why behaviour occurs and how it can be changed for the better is of fundamental value to almost all professions.

Depending on your specialty, you may work in a range of settings (including research institutions, private practice, schools, special education settings, universities, health services, business and industry, and governmental agencies), and with a range of populations (including families, people with psychological problems, children with challenging behaviours, individuals with special needs, teachers, people and their pets, and others seeking positive behaviour change).

Students who have specialised in the application of Behaviour Analysis to human issues and clinical problems are working in the community, in health, in mental health, and in early intervention or in educational settings with individuals with a wide range of problems and disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

However, it doesn’t matter what type of psychology you choose to practice, or whether you end up in a field orientated to people or animals. What is important is that you gain an understanding of how and why organisms behave (i.e. what maintains and/or influences behaviour).


Behaviour Analysis Handbook


Donna Walsh
Programme Administrator
Phone: +64 7 837 9904
Email: [email protected]
Office: Hamilton Campus, K block, Level 1 (Room  K.1.12)
Office hours: 8.30am to 4.00pm