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Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Help Others Change Their Lives for the Better.

Prepare to increase the impact you make and bring about positive change in the lives of children and adults with behavioral disorders. In Capella’s online master's in applied behavior analysis program, you’ll learn to identify and assess behavioral problems, then develop appropriate interventions and treatments.

This degree program is built to meet the academic requirements of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification, and can prepare you to help patients of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, in a variety of settings. 

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 6 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project 

Classes Start September 10th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Strengthen Your Core Knowledge

Communicate an understanding of concepts, principles, definitions, and characteristics of applied behavior analysis.

Put Data to Work for You

Apply techniques of behavioral measurements to display and interpret behavioral data as it applies to the field. 

Apply Professional Theories

Utilize research-based theories and findings for experimental evaluation of interventions and treatment designs. 

Assess Treatment Methods

Employ behavioral assessment methods for the consideration and selection of intervention strategies and outcomes. 

Influence Positive Behavior

Use principles of applied behavior analysis techniques to modify behavior, and develop and monitor systems support. 

Treat Behavioral Disorders

Gain a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder, pervasive development disorder, and other behavioral disorders. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Immediately Useful Knowledge

Prepare to apply behavioral modification in real-world settings through advanced and foundational ABA competencies. 

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn from graduate-level, BACB-certified faculty with deep experience as practitioners in the field. 

Convenient, Flexible Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

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
$485 per credit, 55 total quarter credits, 15 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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Professionally aligned, BACB approved. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board ® (BACB) has verified a seven-course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Exam®.

 See all BCBA 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. 

Experience a more direct and affordable path to your goals.  Our curriculum is streamlined to focus on what you need to reach your professional goals, and helps you take advantage of time and money savings options— all of which can make pursuing your degree even more affordable.  

Accredited & Respected

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

Our online master's in applied behavior analysis program combines advanced psychology coursework with foundational knowledge of behavior analysis, including ethical and professional conduct, behavioral analysis concepts/methods, and more.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7701 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY7702 Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY7703 Applied Behavior Analysis Research and its Applications
PSY7704 Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions
PSY7706 Issues in Assessment, Intervention Support, and Related Systems

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that helps you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

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.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Career Center

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

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Move Forward in Your Career

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*

  • Behavior analyst
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • Senior therapist
  • Parent educator
  • Behavior consultant
  • Educational consultant
  • Organizational consultant
  • Behavior specialist
  • Behavior coach
  • ABA therapist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Mental health treatment centers
  • Autism center
  • Home- and community-based services
  • Residential programs (group home, foster home, assisted living, nursing home)
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Family service agency
  • Halfway houses
  • Prisons
  • Probation departments
  • P–12 public/private schools
  • Organizational consulting firms
  • Private practice

*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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