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Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Enhance Your Ability To Support People

Keep building on your skills and capacity to help others. Capella's online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis prepares you to meet the demand for qualified practitioners to support people with behavioral disorders.

This coursework sequence has been verified to meet the coursework 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

Classes Start April 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 SPRING)

What You’ll Learn

Assess the Situation

Learn to use relevant assessment models to identify behavioral problems. 

Deliver the Right Treatment

Design, implement, and manage culturally appropriate interventions and treatments. 

Make a Difference

Help cultivate positive change for people from diverse backgrounds in a range of settings.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

BACB Approved

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

Relevant & Applicable

Explore and apply advanced psychology coursework with foundational competencies needed for the ABA discipline.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Capella’s graduate ABA certificate program is taught by BACB-certified faculty with deep experience as practitioners.

Apply Certificate Credits to Your Next Degree 

This certificate program is composed entirely of master’s-level courses, so you can earn a marketable credential as well as credits that can be applied to Capella’s Master of Science in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis program.

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$19,400 estimated tuition*
$485 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.  

Get the Details

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

Enhanced Capstone

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

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. 

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.

Employer Reimbursements

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

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

Sample Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis curriculum focuses on ethical and professional conduct, behavior analysis concepts, principles, and research methods, and
applied behavior analysis techniques.

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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): PSY7708, 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.  Prerequisite(s): PSY7708, PSY7709, PSY7710, PSY7711, completion of or concurrent registration in 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): PSY7708, PSY7709, PSY7710, PSY7711, PSY7712, completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7713. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

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