Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Credit Hours


≈ Months to Complete

Application Deadline

  • Fall: August 1

Estimated Cost

  • $420.19 Tuition
  • $2.84 Library fee
  • $10.73 Network & Data Systems fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2018 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Tuition & Fees Information  

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid

Offered by:
College of Education and Health Professions


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The graduate certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis offers a coursework sequence that has been pre-approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™, as well as the opportunity to enroll in practicums for the completion of supervision hours. The courses align with the current course requirements set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™.


Prospective students will need to be admitted to the University of Arkansas Graduate School. The Graduate Certificate in ABA requires that a student’s cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours taken should be 3.00 or higher.  When applying to the Graduate School, note that you are applying for the Graduate Certificate in ABA. To be eligible for admission, you must either have a master's degree or be currently enrolled in a master's degree program.

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The program of study covers the 270 classroom hours of graduate level instruction, as required by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board™. This includes:

  • Ethical and Professional Conduct - 45 hours
    Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis - 45 hours
    Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
    • Measurement (including data analysis) - 25 hrs
    • Experimental Design - 20 hrs
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures - 45 hrs
    • Identification of Problem Behavior & Assessment - 30 hrs
    • Intervention & Behavior Changes Considerations - 10 hrs
    • Behavior Change Systems - 10 hrs
    • Implementation, Management, and Supervision - 10 hrs
  • Discretionary - 30 hrs


Please refer to for information on the requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®. Those interested in taking the BCBA® exam must have an acceptable degree from an accredited university and a defined period of supervised practical experience. Those acceptable degrees include psychology and education. Finally, there are supervision requirements that may not be included in for the Graduate Certificate in ABA. Please make sure that you are familiar with those requirements prior to applying.