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Behavior Analysis
Doctor of Philosophy in Behavior Analysis

For those who strive to reach the highest levels of academic, research or clinical leadership can seek the challenge they need in a PhD in Behavior Analysis from Capella. Learn to expand beyond the theoretical and perform research that could help you make a positive contribution to your field, potentially developing new or advanced scientist-practitioner repertoires. Completion of this program and a behavior-analytic dissertation allows you to apply for doctoral designation as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). 

Earn additional credentials

Successful completion of the coursework in this program meets the educational requirements to be eligible to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) designation on your Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

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

Relevant, real-world learning

Your behavior analysis coursework allows you to conduct research in consultation with Capella faculty.

Classes start October 9

Use the code MSFALL to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 93 Quarter credits
  • 11 Core courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 3 Virtual residencies
  • 15 Max transfer credits
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

What can you do with a PhD in Behavior Analysis degree?

Your education can help you reach your personal and professional goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a PhD in Behavior Analysis.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Board certified behavior analyst
  • Behavior consultant
  • Chief operating officer/chief compliance officer
  • Director of program management
  • ABA clinical supervisor
  • Research project manager
  • Provider
  • Program/project manager
  • Adjunct, part-time, full-time behavior analysis faculty**

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care and social assistance 
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Educational services
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical colleges

*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.

**Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.

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