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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Learn how to address the behavioral needs of individuals in areas of general and special education, organizational management, gerontology and many more. The certificate establishes a pathway for graduate students to obtain Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification program is a graduate-level certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Professionals certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide ABA services. ABA is an evidence-based practice that focuses on assessing the environmental influences on behavior, assessment-based intervention, and data-driven decision making. ABA has been used to address the behavioral needs of individuals in multiple areas, including general and special education, organizational management and safety, gerontology, and many more. ABA is best known as being the leading evidence-based treatment approach for autism and other developmental disabilities. The BCBA course sequences will meet the Verification Course Sequence (VCS) standards as set by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Learn more at

DELIVERY: On campus

Certificate Requirements - 21 Credit Hours

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit:

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