Applied Behavioral Analysis Graduate Psychology Certificate

Graduate Certificate

Get ready to help people with an ABA certificate

Our online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis can help you expand your skills in identifying and assessing behavioral problems, craft effective treatments, and make a positive change for people from all walks of life.

This flexible certificate offers coursework designed to meet requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify).

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 8 Core courses
  • 40 Total quarter credits

Classes Start April 11th

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 WINTER).

Applied behavior analysis certificate features


The course sequence of this program is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to provide foundational knowledge in the behavior analysis field.

Certificate credits for your next degree

This certificate can help you earn a marketable credential as well as credits that can be applied to our MS in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty actively engaged in their professions.

Enhanced capstone

Built-in exam preparation software helps you assess the skills and knowledge you’ve gained in your program.

90% of alumni are satisfied with their Capella experience.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017

The tools you need

Behavior Development Solutions test prep software is integrated into your coursework to help you prep for BCBA-D certification.

Meet your ABA certificate faculty

Our distinguished psychology faculty are industry leaders, bringing real-world relevance into the courseroom to enrich your education, and career.

Julianne Lasley, EdD

Faculty Chair

Dana Reinecke, PhD, BCBA-D

Associate Faculty Chair

Lisa Sabato, MS

Core Faculty

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Cost & learning format

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
$19,800 estimated tuition*
$495 per credit, 40 total quarter credits, 0 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.  

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

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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. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

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.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

ABA certificate sample courses

Focus on ethical and professional conduct, behavior analysis concepts, principles, and research methods, and applied behavior analysis techniques in your applied behavior analysis certificate program.

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Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the basic foundations, philosophy, and concepts underlying the science of behavior analysis. Learners differentiate between therapeutic approaches that are behavior-analytic and those that are not. Learners acquire knowledge of the basic principles and analyze behavior and environmental events surrounding the occurrence of behavior. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7710 *
Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain knowledge about the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Learners practice navigating ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the practice of behavior analysis. Learners gain perspective on how to weight risks and benefits associated with the implementation of behavior change procedures. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7709. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7711 *
Measurement and Research in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners gain knowledge on measurement, data display, and experimental methods commonly used in applied behavior analysis. Learners distinguish the different types of measurement that may be used and determine the conditions under which certain types should be used. Learners gain knowledge about single-subject design as well as different types of research methods used in behavior analysis. Prerequisite(s): PSY7708, PSY7709, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7710. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7713 *
Behavior Analytic Interventions

In this course, learners apply techniques of behavior change to behaviors of social significance. Learners gain knowledge on how to design behavior change systems given results of behavior assessments. Learners also gain knowledge on how to design these systems to ensure continued maintenance and generalization of skills.  PSY7713 must be taken the quarter immediately following PSY7712. Prerequisite(s): PSY7711, PSY7712. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7714 *
Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

In this course, learners apply evidenced-based supervision practices to the supervision of behavior-analytic programs. Learners gain knowledge on how to apply behavior change procedures. Learners apply Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to create behavior change programs to address verbal behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY7712, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7713. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Learn to use relevant assessment models to identify behavioral problems.
  • Design, implement, and manage culturally appropriate interventions and treatments.
  • Encourage positive change for people from diverse backgrounds in a range of settings.

ABA certificate career insights

What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis is a specialized field within psychology that offers a wide range of practice settings, for both human and animal populations.

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Tips on How to Become a Behavior Analyst

A look at the education and certification needed for a position in this growing field.

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Anesa Doyle used ABA principles to invent a product to encourage kids to eat.

“Working full time, I needed something that I could fit around my schedule and still allow me to finish the degree in a reasonable time frame. Capella’s platform and schedule were the most flexible.”

Corey Hudson
MS in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials.

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