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Top 20 Online Applied Behavior Analysis Bachelor’s Degree and BCaBA Coursework Programs 2019

Applied Behavior Analysis focuses on the interaction between learning and behavior and the promotion of positive, socially acceptable behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis is a type of therapy that’s effective with individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism or other developmental disabilities. ABA professionals learn how to conduct assessments, analyze data, write behavior plans, and train and implement those plans. For individuals who have either earned or are pursuing their bachelor’s degree, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has created a certification at the undergraduate level which validates the completion of an approved training and education program in ABA. The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst credential requires completion of the approved course sequence and practical experience. It’s awarded after the candidate passes an examination.

We created a list of the top online programs offering the coursework and/or practical experience required to earn this bachelor’s degree level credential in Applied Behavior Analysis. Programs included in our list are accredited institutions offering their program or coursework primarily online. We developed a ranking system and included the top 20 online bachelor degree or certificate programs for future applied behavior analysts.

Ranking is as follows:
Student/Faculty ratio:

  • 15:1 or less- 3 points
  • 16:1 to 19:1- 2 points
  • 20:1 and above- 1 point

Tuition rate:

  • Less than $13,000- 3 points
  • $13,000 to $20,000- 2 points
  • Greater than $20,000- 1 point

Program Offering:

  • Online Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis- 2 points

Approved Course Sequence by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

  • Yes-2 points

Where there are ties, schools are ranked according to net price per College Navigator.

#20 -University of Nevada – Reno, Nevada

BCaBA Approved Course Sequence

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Student to Faculty Ratio:20:1
Net Price: $16,230
Total Points: 5

The University of Nevada-Reno features a top online BCaBA course sequence through its satellite program in ABA. The program is comprised of nine credits in behavior analysis completed over a nine month period. Courses cover areas like:

  • applied behavior analysis
  • behavior assessment
  •  intervention

By completing the program, students meet the coursework requirement to sit for the BCaBA credential exam. Students must be involved with a sponsoring agency to receive this training. They move through the program together as a cohort, within their agency or sponsoring organization.

#19 -Saint Joseph’s University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Autism Studies Certification (Post-baccalaureate)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Net Price: $35,290
Total Points: 6

The Autism Studies post-baccalaureate certificate program at Saint Joseph’s University introduces students to autism theories, techniques, and therapies through applied behavior analysis. The autism studies curriculum is comprised of 10 courses, including three practicum courses, that meet the coursework requirements to sit for the BCaBA exam. Graduates have found success supporting children and families in:

  • schools
  • community settings,
  • behavior health organizations.

#18 -Florida Institute of Technology – Melbourne, Florida

ABA Online Program-BCaBA

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Net Price: $33,610
Total Points: 6

The top applied behavior analysis program online at Florida Institute of Technology is a unique BCaBA program. It has four terms per year of each course, allowing students to move through the program quickly and earn their certification. The unique format incorporates independent study with face-to-face weekly online sessions. Students who want to pursue a master’s in ABA can apply their credits toward the hybrid master’s in Professional Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech. Most students can complete the course sequence in just 12 months!
For more information: Florida Institute of Technology

#17 -Central Methodist University – Fayette, Missouri

BS in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Net Price: $22,688
Total Points: 6

The top online bachelor’s in applied behavior analysis at Central Methodist University is designed for students with a passion for supporting individuals:

  • on the autism spectrum
  •  with developmental delays
  • with challenging behaviors

Faculty are professionals in the ABA field and teach a relevant, cutting-edge curriculum. Students learn to administer behavioral assessments and supervise interventions. Coursework covers areas like:

  • professionalism in ABA
  • research and data analysis methods
  • leadership and management in ABA
  • behavior assessment.

Students also complete an ABA practicum experiences.

For more info: Central Methodist University

#16 -Rowan University – Glassboro, New Jersey

Applied Behavior Analysis Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Net Price: $19,246
Total Points: 6
Rowan Global features a top online post-baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis that meets the coursework requirement for BCaBA certification. This 15 semester hour program includes coursework in:

  • learning and behavior
  • behavioral assessment and measurement
  • applied behavior analysis
  • professional issues in ABA
  • fieldwork in ABA

New students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer semesters. To be accepted, students need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and two letters of recommendation.

#15 -Clemson University – Clemson, South Carolina

Online Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysis (BCaBA) certification

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Net Price: $18,757
Total Points: 6

The Center for Behavior Analysis at Clemson University features the approved online course sequence for students interested in becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. The program is designed to be convenient, accessible, and comprehensive for individuals whether they are in school or are working in the field. The six course sequence has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and covers areas like:

  • autism intervention
  • verbal behavior
  • ethics
  • language development

The Center for Behavior Analysis helps students find approved supervision placement options for those needing to fulfill the practicum requirements.
For more information: Clemson University

#14 -University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Massachusetts

Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis: BCaBA Coursework Preparation

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Net Price: $18,375
Total Points: 6

The Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis: BCaBA Coursework Program at the University of Massachusetts is a four course online Graduate Certificate. It’s designed for students who want to use ABA principles in educational or social service settings. This BCaBA program is taught by expert behavior analysts from around the country. Courses cover areas like:

  • behavioral intervention in autism
  • teaching and positive behavioral supports
  • management strategies in ABA
  • functional analysis and treatment of challenging behavior

Students interested in a master’s degree in autism can apply three of their ABA certificate courses toward either the Master’s in Autism Studies or the Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at Lowell.

For more information: UMass Lowell

#13 –Purdue Global University – Davenport, Iowa

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate


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Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Net Price: $17,458
Total Points: 6

Purdue University Global features a top online applied behavior analysis post baccalaureate certificate program. It includes the coursework needed to sit for the BCaBA exam. Students will gain the skills needed to address complex behavioral issues and solve social problems. Its diverse course offerings include

  • personality development
  • exceptional needs children
  • screening and assessment
  • program design and evaluation

These allow students to be exposed to a variety of ABA areas. Graduates have become successful in roles such as:

  • Applied Behavior Support Specialists
  • Assistant Applied Behavior Analysts
  • Behavioral ABA Technicians.

#12 -University of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Online-BCaBA

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Net Price: $14,586
Total Points: 6

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver features a top online BCaBA course sequence through its Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program. The curriculum aligns with the BACB’s 4th Edition Task List. It includes the 225 required class hours needed to be eligible to sit for the BCaBA exam. This fully online program prepares students to sit for the BCaBA exam.The first three courses of the certificate can even be applied to the CU Denver Master’s in Special Education. Students complete coursework in:

  • advanced data collection and analysis
  • autism in early intervention
  • the creation of behavior plans.

For more info: University of Colorado-Denver

#11 -Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana

Undergraduate Certificate in Behavioral Studies

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Net Price: $13,535
Total Points: 6

Ball State University offers the online undergraduate certificate in applied behavioral analysis. It’s designed for students who want to effectively support individuals with autism or other disabilities. The program is offered through the Teachers College, well known for innovation and excellence. It’s is ranked 38th in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Students can earn this top online ABA certificate in just three semesters. Coursework covers areas like:

  • ethical and professional practice
  • application and consultation
  • advanced behavior analysis.

#10 -University of North Texas – Denton, Texas

BCaBA Online Course Sequence

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 26:1
Net Price: $12,053
Total Points: 6

The University of North Texas features a top online BCaBA course sequence through its Behavior Analysis Online program. Students can complete the course sequence and receive additional professional development opportunities such as:

  • workshops
  • continuing education
  • lectures in specific areas of ABA

The BCaBA course sequence is available 24/7 online, with enrollment offered every term. Courses cover areas like:

  • basic behavior principles
  • professional and ethical issues
  • research and applications in ABA
  • issues in the behavioral treatment of autism

Most students can complete the BCaBA sequence in about 12 months.

For more info: University of North Texas

#9 -University of West Florida – Pensacola, Florida

Applied Behavior Analysis Online-BCaBA Certificate Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Net Price: $11,550
Total Points: 6

The top online applied behavior analysis program at the University of West Florida features the BCaBA course sequence.  It uses a cohort format with five start dates each year. Faculty are professionals in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis . They share their knowledge and expertise with students during weekly virtual class meetings. The four course BCaBA sequence can be included as part of an undergraduate degree program to gain certification. Courses cover problem identification and functional assessment in:

  • health science
  • functional applications and methodology in ABA
  • ABA essentials.

#8 -California State University San Marcos – San Marcos, California

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Study-Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysis (BCaBA) certification

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 26:1
Net Price: $10,454
Total Points: 6

California State University San Marcos offers a top Applied Behavior Analysis BCaBA certificate online program. It can be completed in just 18 months. This cohort program prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups who can benefit from ABA methods and strategies. The course sequence has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board under the 4th Edition Task List. Students complete eight-week courses in a prescribed order, taking one course at a time. Coursework covers:

  • foundations and concepts in behavior analysis
  • processes for behavior change
  • classroom management.

For more information: California State University- San Marcos

#7 -Cairn University – Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Coursework

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Net Price: $19,049
Total Points: 7

Cairn University features an innovative online special education program that includes coursework in ABA. The 18 credit hour certificate program includes two courses in ABA. There’s also and the option to add extra ABA courses to meet the coursework requirements needed to sit for the BCaBA exam. This top Special Education Certification program is focused on helping students with special needs, including autism.

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#5- Western Connecticut State University – Danbury, Connecticut

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate-BCaBA Certificate

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Net Price: $16,972
Total Points: 7

Western Connecticut State University features a top online applied behavior analysis program for students with a bachelor’s degree who want additional training and certification in the field. This 16 credit hour, four course sequence prepares students with the classroom knowledge needed to sit for the BCaBA examination. Students complete one course at a time, in a specified sequence to complete the program. Courses can be applied toward the online Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.

#4 -University of Hawaii at Manoa – Honolulu, Hawaii

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Net Price: $15,479
Total Points: 7

The College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa features the online course sequence for those who plan to earn their Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Certification. The course sequence consists of four courses covering areas like:

  • the principles of behavior
  • assessment
  • planning
  • instruction for individuals with autism
  • advanced behavior analysis

Students who live in Hawaii and need to complete the practicum requirement for the credential can enroll in optional practicum courses.

#3- Mary Baldwin University – Staunton, Virginia

Bachelor’s in Autism Studies and ABA Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Net Price: $18,339
Total Points: 9

Mary Baldwin University is the first university in Virginia to offer a degree focused on ABA. This program is designed to fill the need of schools and service providers of children on the autism spectrum as well as those with other developmental disabilities. Students will complete 16-17 credits in ABA and 12 credits focused on autism. Students can also earn their Comprehensive Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of this program. ABA courses cover :

  • behavior assessment
  • ethics and professional standards
  • personnel management
  • data collection and research design.

#2 -Oregon Institute of Technology – Klamath Falls, Oregon

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology with the BCaBA Course Sequence

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Net Price: $16,503
Total Points: 9

Oregon Tech Online offers an exciting top online Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology. It can include the BCaBA course sequence. The BCaBA course sequence is integrated into the program. It includes courses in behavior modification and performance management. Students in this top online bachelor’s in psychology complete an applied psychology externship. This helps provide valuable hands-on learning and better prepare graduates for graduate school or future work opportunities.

#1 -Troy University – Troy, Alabama

Online Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Net Price: $12,146
Total Points: 10
Troy University features our top choice for an online undergraduate program in applied behavior analysis. The program features an applied behavior analysis minor that includes the coursework needed to be eligible to sit for the BCaBA exam. Students will focus on the use of ABA methods to successfully work with individuals on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. Students can gain valuable hands-on experience by taking two optional practicum courses focused on ABA.

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