Applied Behaviour Analysis (PhD)

The PhD in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) will acquaint students with diverse applications of the science of behaviour, ensure engagement with advanced behaviour analytic topics through many experiential and theoretical learning initiatives, and train students to perform independent research. The program conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and trains students as scientist-practitioners. 

Entry point:

  • September


  • 12 terms (4 years)

This program is funded for the defined length above as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • December 1

Applications will be accepted until the program is full. Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • Three academic references (must provide an academic email)
    • CV (using the ADS format). Please use the following template for the CV.
    • A statement of intent demonstrating commitment to Applied Behaviour Analysis and your interest in pursuing doctoral studies, no more than two pages in length (12pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced). Please include:
      • Why the PhD in ABA at Brock University is the best place for you to pursue your academic and scholarly interests/your short-term and long-term career goals
      • How your past experiences and education have prepared you for success in our rigorous graduate training program 
      • State your specific research interests and explicitly state any work you've done in this area
      • Provide the names of up to three faculty members with whom you would like to work and briefly provide your rationale for selecting each of them. If more than one name is provided, please present these in order of preference.  
      • Connect your area of interest to work being done by the faculty with whom you are interested in working (when applicable, state specific faculty members and projects by name)

Career outcomes

  • University/College Professor
  • Program Director
  • Research Scientist
  • Community Researcher
  • Director of Research
  • Chief of Practice (ABA)
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Evaluator
  • Data Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Data Analyst
  • Organizational Behaviour Consultant
  • Program Evaluators
  • Positions in social service agencies supporting people with and without disabilities
  • Public Policy/Administration