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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 WINTER)

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.

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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

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. An enrollment counselor can tell you more.

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager or HR department 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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7708 Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY7710 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY7711 Measurement and Research in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY7713 Behavior Analytic Interventions
PSY7714 Supervision and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

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.


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