BS in Psychology Applied Behavior Analysis BS in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Have a positive influence on people with intellectual disorders

The Capella Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis aligns with expectations of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Meet employers’ expectations for organizational behavior management and skills that can help you empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to change or modify their behavior. The specialization prepares you to assess behavior, collect and analyze data, identify areas for change, and develop and implement interventions for children and adults with autism or other intellectual disabilities.

This coursework sequence has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 10-13 General education courses
  • 9 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 2 Capstones
  • 180 Total credits (120 max transfer)

Classes Start November 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL21)

Applied behavior analysis program highlights

Prepare for BCaBA requirements

Study in confidence with a program that meets the educational requirements for eligibility to take the BCaBA exam.

91% of Psychology alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

Hone critical skills

Develop applied behavior analysis skills to address socially significant issues relating to behavior and learning.

Broad, valuable application

The skills you develop in this program can be applied in a variety of settings, including schools, corporate environments, and hospitals.

Gen ed courses included

Capella students receive access to ACE® Credit-recommended courses for college-level credit from our affiliate, Sophia Learning.*

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Enhanced capstone

Prepare for success in your field with an ABA-specific capstone. Built-in BDS exam preparation software helps you assess the skills and knowledge you gain in your program. 

*All transfer and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Meet our psychology faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Julianne Lasley, EdD, BCBA-D

Faculty Chair, Applied Behavior Analysis

Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA-D

Core Faculty

Lisa Sabato, MS, BCBA

Core Faculty

Anesa Doyle, MEd, BCBA

Core Faculty

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 120 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$15K toward your bachelor's

Apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the courses in this program specialization toward the coursework requirement for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analystexamination. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

 See all BCaBA exam pass-rate data.*

*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Understanding professional licensure

It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.

Applied behavior analysis sample courses

The curriculum focuses on foundational behavior analysis theories, concepts, and techniques; applied research methods in the field; and ethical standards to which professionals in the applied behavior analysis field must adhere.

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Applied Behavior Analysis Foundations

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the applied behavior analysis field, including its history, purpose, and careers. Learners acquire foundational knowledge of the major applied behavior analysis theories, concepts, and terminology and apply that knowledge to the process of developing and evaluating behavioral interventions. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4002 *
Applied Behavior Analysis Ethics and Supervision

Learners in this course build foundational knowledge of ethical practices that guide professional behavior in the applied behavior analysis field. Learners develop a working knowledge of ethical principles and standards in the field by analyzing cases from an ethical perspective and applying ethical principles and standards to each case example. Learners also demonstrate their understanding of ethics as they develop multicultural competence in applied behavior analysis practice. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4001.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4003 *
Applied Behavior Analysis Research and Interventions

In this course, learners examine research methods and designs used in applied behavior analysis. Learners conduct literature reviews to explore research-based practices in the field and practice selecting research-supported treatment designs. In particular, learners develop their knowledge and skills in designing single-subject experiments, identifying and selecting measurement systems, collecting and interpreting data, and conducting research with integrity. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4002.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4004 *
Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment

In this course, learners apply knowledge gained in PSYC4001 to the assessment of challenging behaviors. Learners examine assessment techniques in applied behavior analysis and basic applications in applied behavior analysis. Learners apply assessment techniques based on theory and principles of applied behavior analysis. Learners also identify behaviors for change, select assessment techniques, and analyze outcomes of assessment results. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4003.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4005 *
Applied Behavior Analysis Behavior-Change Procedures and Interventions

Learners in this course develop skills related to behavior-change procedures. Learners select and implement intervention strategies to change clients’ behavior through the practice of applied behavior analysis. Learners must meet weekly via web conferencing for synchronous (live) group meetings with their course instructor. Prerequisite(s): PSYC4004.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Applied behavior analysis prepares you to identify behavioral issues and develop programs to help individuals make positive changes in their behavior. You’ll gain the skills to:

  • Design and administer behavioral interventions.
  • Evaluate findings of ABA research.
  • Develop behavioral treatment plans using research.
  • Apply professional, ethical, and multicultural competence standards in behavioral intervention and consultation.
  • Communicate effectively in a manner befitting psychology professionals.
  • Apply psychological content and skills in your academics and career.

Perspectives in psychology

What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis is a specialized field that offers a wide range of practice settings. 

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Applied behavior analysis professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online master's in applied behavior analysis degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Registered behavior technician
  • Assistant certified board behavior analyst
  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavior technician
  • BCaBA
  • Behavior interventionist

Employment settings to explore

  • Individual and family services
  • Offices of other health practitioners
  • Insurance carriers
  • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)
  • Hospital
  • K-12 public or private school

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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