Post-Master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 31.5
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 to 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 42.2814
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-3031

About the Program

Behavior analysis is a widely accepted and validated scientific approach to the investigation and manipulation of environmental determinants of behavior. Extensive research with proven methods and impressive findings has helped develop the technology now called applied behavior analysis. Behavior analytic clinical and research advances have led to significant contributions in educational programming and behavioral health assessment and treatment approaches.

The post-master's certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis will prepare clinical and educational leaders in the field of evidence-based approaches using behavior analytic principles and techniques. Graduates from this program will be highly successful candidates for employers searching for knowledgeable and skilled clinicians and leaders in behavior analytic settings. Interested graduates will be prepared to transition to doctoral programs in applied behavior analysis and related fields.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the master's core Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence as meeting the 5th edition task list coursework requirements, content hours, and faculty standards. For eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®, applicants will have to meet additional experience and supervision requirements set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission.

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed graduate school application form
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation—professional or academic
  • An essay describing why the applicant is interested in pursuing graduate study in this field
  • Resume

An interview, in person or by phone, may be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admissions' standard admissions criteria.

Program Requirements

Core Applied Behavior Analysis Courses
ABA 630Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change4.5
ABA 631Measurement and Experimental Design4.5
ABA 632Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis4.5
ABA 633Behavioral Interventions4.5
ABA 634Consultation, Systems Change and Supervision4.5
ABA 635Ethical Considerations and Professional Conduct4.5
ABA 636Applications of Fundamental Elements of Behavior Analysis 4.5
Total Credits31.5

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ABA 6304.5ABA 6314.5ABA 6344.5ABA 6364.5
ABA 6324.5ABA 6334.5ABA 6354.5 
 9 9 9 4.5
Total Credits 31.5

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please visit the School of Education's website. 

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