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40 Best Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Online Programs 2019

By ABAPG Staff
February 2019

Recent research was conducted by Burning Glass regarding the U.S. employment needs for behavior analysts. The study showed that the demand for individuals holding a BCBA/BCBA-D certification has increased 800% between 2010 and 2017. Professionals with education and experience in applied behavior analysis are in demand by non-profits, social services, education programs, corporations, and just about anywhere else where understanding, and improving, human behavior is essential. Earning a graduate certificate in ABA provides individuals with the knowledge and experience needed to better understand human behavior and what is needed to help people achieve their maximum potential.

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There are well over 100 certificate programs in applied behavior analysis in the United States. We created a ranking of the top 40 programs to help those interested in ABA select a program that will meet their personal and professional goals. We researched accredited universities offering a stand alone, online certificate in the area of applied behavior analysis. We narrowed our list to programs offering the Verified Course Sequence needed for students to be eligible for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification. Programs offering the Verified Course Sequence meet specific faculty and coursework standards consistent with accepted standards in applied behavior analysis. The VCS is a series of six courses individuals need to complete to fulfill the education requirement needed to sit for the BABC Certification exam. We then ranked these programs by their student/faculty ratio and average graduate tuition rates provided by College Navigator. We also included the school’s most recent 2017 BCBA exam pass rate provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Where there are ties, the school with the lower average graduate tuition rate/year is favored.

Rating and Ranking Methodology

Student/Faculty ratio:

  • 12:1 or less- 3 points
  • 13:1 to 19:1- 2 points
  • 20:1 and above- 1 point

Average Graduate Tuition Rate:

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

BCBA Examination Pass Rates for 2017

  • Greater than 75%- 5 points
  • 50% to 75%- 3 points
  • Less than 50%- 1 point

#40 -Portland State University – Portland, Oregon

Online Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $14,436/year in-state and $21,780/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 3
The College of Education at Portland State University features the only online applied behavior analysis certificate program in the state of Oregon. The program is a great choice for graduate students studying in human service who want to earn their BCBA certification or just learn more about ABA. The BCBA program is 29 credit hours and takes about two years to complete. Coursework covers areas like:

  • positive behavior supports
  • ethics in ABA behavioral assessment

Considering a master’s degree? The BCBA courses can be combined with an MA/MS in Special Education.

#39 -Capella University – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $14,365/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 22:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 3
The Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University features a top online graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. It prepares students to work with children and adults with challenging behaviors. Online students have access to enrollment counselors, advisors, and distinguished faculty with experience as both educators and practitioners. Coursework covers areas like:

  • ethics in ABA
  • measurement and research
  • behavior analytic interventions
  • supervision and management in ABA.

#38 -Drexel University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $33,156/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 4
Drexel University features a top certificate in applied behavior analysis online. It uses evidence-based interventions to help students teach new skills and behaviors to individuals. While course content is available entirely online, Drexel offers the program in a seated and hybrid format. The new hybrid ABA program is available at the Washington DC center. This 27 credit hour program can be completed in about two years. It includes courses in:

  • behavioral change
  • measurement and experimental design
  • behavioral interventions,
  • ethics

There are no set meeting times. Students can complete assignments at a time that’s convenient to their schedule.

#37 -Lehigh University – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Online Certificate in Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $26,280/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 4
Lehigh University offers the top certificate in behavior analysis online program. It’s designed to assist practitioners interested advancing their career by learning more about evidence-based behavioral supports. The BACB Verified course sequence includes coursework in:

  • ABA
  • classroom environment and management
  • ethics and professional conduct, autism spectrum disorders
  • positive behavior support

In addition to fulfilling the educational requirements for the BCBA exam, students can also apply the coursework to meet partial requirements for Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist licensure.

For more information: Lehigh University

#36 -Grand Valley State University – Allendale, Michigan

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $16,053/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 4
The top online ABA certificate program at Grand Valley State University is a full or part-time program ideal for working professionals. The program is uniquely focused on integrating ABA principles into the classroom to help students with special learning and behavioral needs. Courses cover areas like:

  • behavioral analysis and its application to autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders
  • ethics and diversity in professional practice
  •  behavioral assessment and intervention

The course sequence begins in the fall and all courses are completed online.

For more information: Grand Valley State University

#35 -California University of Pennsylvania – California, Pennsylvania

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,000/year in-state and $18,000/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 4
California University of Pennsylvania offers a 100% online ABA certificate program available to students with a master’s degree in ABA or a related area. This program includes both coursework and an intensive practicum experience that prepares students to sit for the BCBA exam. Courses cover areas like:

  • professional ethical practices
  • ABA interventions
  • research design

Students work with faculty who have experience and training in ABA. After graduation, students receive ongoing career support from the Career and Professional Development Center.

#34 -Kent State University – Kent, Ohio

Online Behavioral Intervention Specialist Certificate Program


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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,310/year in-state and $20,396/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 4
Kent State University features a highly specialized Behavioral Intervention Specialist Certificate Program. It includes both the coursework and advanced practicum requirements needed to sit for the BCBA examination. Coursework includes:

  • advanced interventions for addressing severe behavior
  • ethical and professional conduct in ABA
  • program development in ABA
  • applied behavior analysis

Students begin the program in the fall and can earn their certificate in just one academic year, including the advanced practicum experience.

For more information: Kent State University

#33 -University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Wisconsin

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate Online


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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,949/year in-state and $17,448/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points:4
The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater features a fully online top certificate in applied behavior analysis. It takes just 18 months to complete. All credits earned through the program can be applied to the master’s in Special Education program at UWW. This top online ABA certificate program is Focused on evidence-based practices and interventions. Students can easily transfer their knowledge and skills to the workplace work with individuals with challenging behaviors.

For more information: University of Wisconsin

#32 -California State University – San Marcos, California

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis


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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,176/year in-state and $16,680/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 26:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 4
California State University San Marcos offers an online ABA certificate with program tracks for those pursuing either their BCBA or BCaBA certification. This cohort format programs fosters peer support and promotes individualized attention from program instructors. Students can earn their online graduate certificate in ABA in just 12-18 months. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety environments and provide services to both individuals and groups.

#31 -Arcadia University – Glenside, Pennsylvania

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $28,488/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Pass Rate: 32%
Points: 5
Arcadia University features a top online graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis offering coursework in areas that:

  • support youth with emotional behavior disorders
  • teach procedures for behavior change
  • provide training for how to complete behavioral consultation in homes, schools and communities

This 19 credit hour program is offered fully online and teaches students to effectively work in a variety of settings including schools, homes, and communities. For students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in special education or ABA, all ABA certificate courses may be applied toward these programs.

#30 -University of Louisville – Louisville, Kentucky

Online Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,246/year in-state and $25,486/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The top online ABA graduate certificate offered by the University of Louisville is a rigorous program taught by faculty with experience in ABA and autism. Courses cover:

  • methods and strategies for working with individuals on the autism spectrum
  • professional and ethical practices in ABA
  • research in autism

Students should have professional experience or certification in a related field before applying to the program.

#29 -University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,486/year in-state and $31,463/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The online applied behavior analysis certificate program at The University of Arizona is a six course certificate program. It provides students with the knowledge needed to become a BCBA. Coursework is offered entirely online. Courses will transfer to the online MA in Behavior Support offered through the Special Education Program. Courses for this top online ABA certificate program include:

  • advanced positive behavioral support
  • issues in ABA
  • single subject research
  • ethical issues in behavior analysis

Students can complete their certificate in about 16 months.

For more information: University of Arizona

#28 -University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $10,402/year in-state and $19,566/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The University of Northern Colorado features an innovative online applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program. It offering a blend of special education and school psychology coursework. Coursework covers areas like:

  • ethics
  • concepts and principles in ABA
  • measurement and design in ABA

Students without a master’s degree in an ABA area can apply their certificate coursework to the Special Education MA-Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis. This 19 credit hour program can be completed in just four terms of study.

For more information: University of Northern Colorado

#27 -Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, Arizona

Online Positive Behavior Support Graduate Certificate

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $9,313/year in-state and $17,915/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The Department of Educational Specialties at Northern Arizona University features a graduate certificate online in positive behavior support. Positive behavior support is a foundational component of applied behavior analysis. It’s designed to reduce or eliminate problem behavior. Upon acceptance to the program, students choose to complete the School-Based Option or the Home/Community Option. Both options are 18 credit hours and include fieldwork experience or an internship.

For more information: Northern Arizona University

#26 -Clemson University – Clemson, South Carolina

Online Behavior Analysis Credentialing Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $9,226/year in-state and $19,528/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The Center for Behavior Analysis at Clemson University offers an online behavior analysis credentialing program. It’s designed for students seeking either BCBA or BCaBA certification. Courses cover areas like:

  • ethics and professional conduct
  • verbal behavior and language development
  • applications in behavior analysis and autism intervention

A review class offered at the end of the program helps students succeed on their exam by focusing on areas that have traditionally been problematic. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings including:

  • schools
  • rehabilitation clinics
  • hospitals
  • early childhood education programs
  • residential settings.

#25 -Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $9,208/year in-state and $28,010/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The College of Education at Purdue University features a top online applied behavior analysis certificate program. It’s focused on the areas of education and human services. This 18 credit hour program can be finished in just one year. Faculty are nationally recognized in the area of ABA. They spend time working individually with students to develop their professional goals. Students who pursuing a master’s degree can apply their ABA certificate credits and complete their degree in another six months.

#24 -University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,563/year in-state and $19,784/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The online graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis program is offered by the University of Arkansas. It’s an 18 credit hour program that can be completed in just 12 months. There is no GRE requirement for admission and coursework is 100% online. The coursework is pre-approved by the BACB. Students can enroll in additional practicum courses to earn their supervision hours. Coursework covers areas such as:

  • Human Performance Improvement
  • Behavioral Assessment in ABA
  • Behavior Change Procedures
  • Ethical, Professional, and Legal Standards.

For more information: University of Arkansas

#23 -University of Oklahoma – Norman, Oklahoma

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,119/year in-state and $19,778/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 5
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at The University of Oklahoma at Norman offers an online applied behavior analysis certificate program. It’s focused on the needs of individuals receiving special education. The curriculum includes coursework in:

  • applied behavior analysis
  • single case research design
  • ethics and professional conduct
  • either special education instructional methods or teaching techniques in a functional curriculum

Coursework can be completed to earn the stand alone online applied behavior analysis certificate or as part of a graduate degree program. Online courses are offered in a synchronous format requiring students to participate in real-time lectures and activities.

#22 -Florida Institute of Technology – Melbourne, Florida

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $22,338/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Pass Rate: 72%
Points: 6
Florida Institute of Technology offers a top online graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis. It’s for students who want to develop their professional skills in ABA. This 18 credit hour program prepares students to work with a variety of individuals and groups needing behavioral support. Courses cover areas like:

  • decreasing, eliminating, and replacing problem behavior
  • developing and strengthening behavior
  • ethics and professional conduct of behavior analysts.

#21 -St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn, New York

Online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $17,550/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Pass Rate: 38%
Points: 6
St. Joseph’s College features an applied behavior analysis online advanced certificate that meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Behavior Analyst. The coursework also meets the academic requirements to be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination. This 29 credit hour program includes coursework in:

  • ethics
  • maintenance of student records
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • advanced research methods
  • the application of ABA technology

Students can complete an optional supervised practicum elective to fulfill the experiential requirement for the BCBA examination.

For more information: St. Joseph’s College

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

BACB-Approved Post-master’s Certificate in Criminal Justice-Behavior Analysis Certification

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $16,401/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Pass Rate: 43%
Points: 6
Saint Joseph’s University features an online post-master’s certificate in behavior analysis. It will help provide career advancement opportunities for students with a background in:

  • education
  • behavior analysis
  • psychology

This three semester online certificate program includes courses in:

  • behavior change procedures
  • behavior assessment
  • measuring and evaluating behavior
  • ethics and professionalism in behavior analysis

Designed for students with a master’s degree in psychology, students learn how to use ABA in crime prevention and criminal rehabilitation. Courses cover:

  • clinical behavior analysis
  • behavioral development
  • ethics
  • behavior analysis and consultation
  • applied behavior analysis.

#19 -University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,790/year in-state and $24,532/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Pass Rate: 47%
Points: 6
The University of Cincinnati features a top online behavior analysis graduate certificate that can be completed in just one to two years. Each of the six courses is 15 weeks and includes content that can immediately be applied to your current work position. Courses cover:

  • functional behavioral assessment
  • ethics
  • behavioral research and accountability methods
  • either academic assessment and intervention or family intervention and early intervention

Students can log on to complete coursework anytime of the day or night, making this program ideal for those with non traditional work schedules.

For more information: University of Cincinnati

#18 -Cairn University – Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,384/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 6
Cairn University was the first Christian university to offer an online graduate certificate in ABA that includes the BACB verified course sequence with extensive autism training. Educators working in Christian schools are eligible for a 50% tuition discount. Students can begin the program in any semester and can earn their certificate in as few as four semesters. Courses cover areas like:

  • ABA for Autism and Other Disabilities
  • Interventions for Autism/Other Disabilities
  • Ethics for Behavior Analysts
  • Principles of Behavior.

#17 -Webster University – Saint Louis, Missouri

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,140/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Pass Rate: N/A
Points: 6
Webster University features an advanced graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis online for educators and health care professionals. Students learn to provide effective behavioral supports to children and adults with a variety of behavioral challenges. Students must have a master’s degree in special education or a related field to be admitted to the program. This 18 credit hour program includes six courses covering topics such as:

  • disability and ethics
  • applied research methods
  • functional behavioral assessment and intervention
  • applied behavior analysis concepts and principles

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings including community agencies, schools, and residential facilities.

For more information: Webster University

#16 -Brandman University – Irvine, California

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,520/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Pass Rate: 40%
Points: 6
The top online applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program at Brandman University prepares students to work in a wide variety of settings including:

  • hospitals
  • schools
  • mental health agencies
  • private practice

Courses are delivered in a flexible eight week format with no on-campus residency requirements. The curriculum covers areas like:

  • basic technologies of behavior change
  • ethics
  • procedures and experimental design
  • advanced applications in ABA.

#15 -Purdue Global – Davenport, Iowa

Online Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $10,128/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Pass Rate: 35%
Points: 6
Purdue Global features an online applied behavior analysis post-graduate certificate. It’s designed to meet the needs of professionals supporting individuals who are developmentally disabled, autistic or have had a traumatic brain injury. This dynamic seven course program meets the coursework requirements for the BCBA examination. Coursework covers areas like:

  • ethics
  • research design
  • advanced principles in ABA
  • implementing behavioral change
  • clinical applications of applied behavior analysis

The program also includes an ABA practicum experience which meets the Supervised Independent Fieldwork Experience Category to sit for the BCBA exam.

#14 -Western Connecticut State University – Danbury, Connecticut

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Study Certificate Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,757/year in-state and $18,102/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Pass Rate: 50%
Points: 6
Western Connecticut State University offers a top online applied behavior analysis certificate approved through the BACB. This 19 credit hour, five course program can be completed entirely online. Students need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. They can complete the 16 credit, four course sequence to meet the coursework requirement for the BCaBA certificate exam. Students will need to complete the required number of supervised field work hours independently from this program.

#13 -The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago, Illinois

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $27,048/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Pass Rate: 71%
Points: 7
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a well known provider of quality ABA training programs. It offers a full-time, top online certificate in applied behavior analysis. It’s a one year program incorporating real world strategies to solve behavioral challenges. Students complete coursework entirely online, interacting with instructors and peers through the Global Student Dashboard. Courses cover areas like:

  • the concepts and principles in behavior analysis
  • assessment and intervention
  • group supervision

For more information: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

#12 -University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Massachusetts

Behavioral Intervention in Autism Online Certificate for BCBA Preparation

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $14,590/year in-state and $26,370/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Pass Rate: 62%
Points: 7
The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a unique behavioral intervention in autism online certificate program. It meets coursework requirements to sit for the BCBA exam. This six course program includes coursework in:

  • functional analysis and treatment of challenging behavior
  • teaching and positive behavioral support in autism
  • behavioral intervention in autism
  • measurement and experimental design in behavioral intervention

The highly interactive curriculum features hands-on exercises, assessments, discussions and in-depth interaction with faculty.

#11 -Arizona State University – Scottsdale, Arizona

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

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    Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,144/year
    Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23:1
    Pass Rate: 65%
    Points: 7
    Arizona State University is considered one of the most innovative schools in the nation according to U.S. News Report in its 2019 college review. The top online applied behavioral analysis certification program embraces innovation. It offers students a variety of resources and technologies to interact with faculty and peers throughout the program. This 18 credit hour program features six courses. It can be completed in just two years of study as a stand-alone certificate or as part of a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Course offerings include:
  • ABA in inclusive settings
  • behavior change systems
  • ethics
  • methods of applied behavior analysis for exceptional populations
  • behavior assessment
  • research methods.

#10 -Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas

Online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,941/year in-state and $16,461/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Pass Rate: 57%
Points: 7
Texas A&M University in College Station features an online certificate in applied behavior analysis. It includes both the coursework and the fieldwork supervision required to sit for the BCBA exam. The six course cohort-model program covers areas such as:

  • educating individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • program development for students with behavior problems
  • ethics and professional conduct in special education and applied behavior analysis
  • and ABA in the classroom

The practicum course focuses on improving the lives of children with autism through ABA. Courses are offered in both asynchronous and synchronous formats. Students receive personalized attention from instructors experienced in ABA and dedicated to the success of their students.

#9 -Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas

Online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,724/year in-state and $13,068/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Pass Rate: 50%
Points: 7
Texas Tech University features a top online applied behavior analysis. It’s designed for students with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in improving the lives of others through applied behavior analysis. Students need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Most students can finish this 18 credit hour program in just one year. Students move through the program as a cohort, using the online learning platform to engage in discussion. The certificate program can be completed as a stand-alone certification or as part of a master’s program focusing on ABA.

For more information: Texas Tech University

#8 -McNeese State University – Lake Charles, Louisiana

Online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,703/year in-state and $13,741/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Pass Rate: 73%
Points: 7
McNeese State University features an online applied behavior management analysis online graduate certificate approved by the BACB. This 40 credit hour program includes courses in:

  • behavioral assessment
  • ethics for behavior analysts
  • verbal behavior
  • experimental analysis of behavior

Students can complete the program in two years, including three internship experiences. Students benefit from training in both assessment and intervention skills. Faculty are dedicated to the professional development of their students.

#7 -Endicott College – Beverly, Massachusetts

Online Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,835/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Pass Rate: 73%
Points: 8
The Van Loan School at Endicott College features a top online applied behavior analysis graduate certificate addressing the needs of exceptional learners. Students are prepared to work with children with disabilities in integrated or self-contained classrooms. This 18 credit hour program includes courses in:

  • behavioral assessment
  • ethical issues
  • measurement and experimental evaluation
  • behavior change procedures

Online students have access to Endicott’s Internship and Career Center to help with career advising and resume support.

#6 -George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,228/year in-state and $30,932/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Pass Rate: 64%
Points: 8
George Mason University features a top online graduate certificate program in applied behavior analysis. It’s offered as a stand-alone certificate or as part of a master’s program. This an 18 credit hour program. It’s designed to supplement training and education of individuals who create, implement and monitor behavior support programs in a variety of settings including:

  • schools
  • mental health agencies,
  • private practices

Coursework is offered entirely online with experiential learning opportunities through simulations and application activities. Course content is relevant to today’s ideas and concepts around ABA, covering areas like:

  • assessments and interventions
  • verbal behavior
  • ethical and professional conduct in ABA.

#5 -Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,554/year in-state and $21,172/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Pass Rate: 62%
Points: 8
The top online applied behavior analysis graduate certificate program at Ball State University is a is a flexible program. It can be completed as as a stand-alone certificate or incorporated into a master’s in ABA or special education. The 15 credit program includes coursework in:

  • verbal behavior
  • ethics in behavior analysis
  • behavior consultation
  • advanced ABA

Students must complete a 1500 clock hour supervised field experience independently of the program in order to sit for the BCBA exam. Students can access course content at any time of the day or night to meet weekly deadlines and complete assignments. This a great choice for working professionals.

#4 -University of Southern Maine – Portland, Maine

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis Online

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,074/year in-state and $19,134/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Pass Rate: 54%
Points: 8
This program is offered through the Department of Education and School Psychology. The top online certificate in applied behavior analysis program at the University of Southern Maine provides students with the foundation to be a successful behavior analyst. Courses are offered in a synchronous format. Students can log on at specific times to participate in virtual discussions and lectures. The program is comprised of eight courses, approved by the BACB, covering areas like:

  • consultation and collaborative problem solving
  • professional ethics in ABA
  • functional behavioral assessment
  • supervision and performance management in ABA.

#3 -University of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,714/year in-state and $22,374/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Pass Rate: 58%
Points: 8
The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver features an online top certificate applied behavior analysis program. It prepares students for either the BCaBA or the BCBA exam. Students who have earned their master’s degree will complete a six course program. Those with a bachelor’s degree complete five courses. New cohorts begin each January and July. Courses include:

  • autism in early intervention
  • ethics
  • ABA data
  • practical application
  • advanced data and behavior plans and applications.

#2 -The Sage Colleges – Troy, New York

Online Certificate of Advanced Study in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $12,690/year
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Pass Rate: 68%
Points: 9
The Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges in New York offers a top online applied behavior analysis certificate following a “scientist-practitioner” model of training. Students will learn how to study behavior from an approach rooted in science. This  ABA certificate program includes both the course requirements and an optional practicum experience that meets the eligibility requirements to become a BCBA. Admission to the program is done on a rolling basis with new students beginning in the fall or spring semesters.

For more information: The Sage Colleges

#1 -Hunter College – New York, New York

Online Graduate Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $10,450/year in-state and $19,320/year out-of-state
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Pass Rate: 57%
Points: 9
Our top online applied behavior analysis certificate program is offered by Hunter College. The program focuses on addressing the unique needs of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Courses include:

  • single subject research design
  • ethics and professionalism
  • behavior analytic approaches to learning
  • autism intervention

While coursework is offered online, students need to log in at scheduled times to participate in class. This format insures the same academic rigor is applied to both the classroom and online ABA certificate program.

For more information: Hunter College