Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

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There are a limited number of spaces available to consortium participants in each annual cohort. For each cohort, the consortium will determine the number of students to accept. Each participating university will accept an equal number of students unless determined otherwise. In the event a participating university does not fill its quota, another university may accept additional students. Each university reviews applications and accepts participants following the consortium and member institution guidelines. Deadlines are decided by the participating universities and published on the consortium website when decisions are made. Incomplete applications are not considered. Those applications that meet criteria but are not accepted to begin a cohort are added to a waiting list and applicants may be contacted prior to the start of the cohort to fill any vacated spaces. Applications from individuals not selected to begin a cohort and fully completed applications received after the deadline are not carried over to the next cohort application process, but must be updated and resubmitted. To apply, each applicant must complete all of the following steps:

  1. Apply to the VA-ABA Consortium using the common online application
  2. Wait for notification from the consortium that the participant is eligible to apply for the program at the participant’s nearest home institution;
  3. Contact the nearest home institution for application to the graduate or non-degree program at that institution and any other specific admission criteria; and
  4. Await confirmation from the home institution that the participant has been accepted to the consortium and the home institution.

Eligibility for Program Participation

Eligible participants for the Consortium must have a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited university (see below) that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, or (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB® approved course sequence. Master’s degrees must be conferred by:
  1. a United States institution of higher education listed in the CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized U.S. Accrediting Organizations; or
  2. a Canadian institution of higher education that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or the Association of Canadian Community Colleges; or
  3. an institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada that, at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States as demonstrated by World Education Services or by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, 2013).
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their degree meets the requirements of the BACB®. Some member institutions provide qualifying master’s degree programs that would allow concurrent enrollment in both programs while others require a completed qualifying master’s degree for entry into the VA-ABA Consortium. Check with the member institution nearest you for entrance requirements. The BACB® requires a qualifying master’s degree as a prerequisite for the BACB® exam.