The 62 Best Schools with Online ABA Masters and Certificate Programs

A graduate degree in education, psychology, or behavior analysis, along with a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-Verified Course Sequence (VCS) as either part of the grad program or independent of it, is required to qualify to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Many states now require BCBA certification for state licensure, not to mention that many employers demand it due to a growing number of autism insurance mandate laws that require it for insurance reimbursement.

The BACB approves course sequences offered in three ways:

  • As part of the curriculum included in a master’s degree program in education, psychology, or behavior analysis
  • As a graduate certificate earned concurrent with a master’s degree in education, psychology, or behavior analysis
  • As a stand-alone post-graduate certificate program available to those who already hold a master’s or doctorate in education, psychology or behavior analysis

Countless fields have benefitted from the proliferation of top-quality online programs that produce qualified graduates eager to make an impact in their field – and applied behavior analysis is no exception.

For teachers early in their careers, students of psychology, and future ABAs with their sights set on BCBA certification, earning a qualifying master’s in education, psychology, or behavior analysis is the goal.

For those who have already earned their graduate degree in one of these areas but just need to complete the BACB-Verified Course Sequence so they can meet eligibility requirements for the certification exam, a post-master’s course sequence in ABA is what they’re after.

Fortunately, more than 60 institutions in the U.S. offer master’s degree and advanced certificate programs with the BACB-verified course sequence in an online format to accommodate teachers, BCaBA’s looking to advance, and other working students and professionals who need the convenience and flexibility they can only get from an online program.

But how do you know the online grad degree or certificate program you choose will qualify you for BCBA certification? Fortunately, many institutions offering programs online have already done the work of designing a series of courses and getting a stamp of approval from the BACB.

Here we’ve put the very best pre-qualified online programs available in the U.S. in one place – all 62 of them. This means zero guesswork and no worries about needing to submit your transcripts and course syllabus to the BACB for evaluation. Every single one of the programs shown here has already been evaluated and has received pre-approval from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. And every single one of these programs is available entirely online with absolutely no in-person requirements.

Field Experience Note: Some online programs offer distance practicum options or assistance with placement for independent field work. Students in programs that don’t make these options available are responsible for gaining the 1500 hours of supervised fieldwork needed to meet BACB experience requirements independently.

Selection Criteria

There are more than 200 graduate schools that offer the BACB-approved Verified Course Sequence (VCS) as part of a master’s degree, advanced certificate, or stand-alone course sequence. We selected the 62 we feel deserve to be recognized for offering the kind of quality, flexibility, and affordability ABA graduate students are looking for:

  • Online programs with little no in-person requirements
  • Annual graduate school tuition rates in-line with the national average for public ($11,303) and private ($23,919) institutions adjusted for location
  • Hold institutional accreditation through a regional and/or national agency recognized by the US Department of Education


 

ALABAMA

 

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Auburn University
College of Education
Auburn, AL
Website

  • Online programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Intervention for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree in special education)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $10,696 (in-state), $28,840 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Auburn University’s top-tier degrees and teacher certification programs has allowed it to remain in the top 25 percent of all schools of education in America according to U.S. News and World Report, making it a smart choice for any educator interested in integrating ABA with special education. This graduate certificate program is designed for master’s-prepared special education teachers and other practitioners or for students seeking a master’s degree in special education or other human service fields.

 

ARIZONA

 

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Arizona State University
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Phoenix, AZ
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: ABA
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,806 (in-state tuition rates available to students from anywhere in the country)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

ASU has made a name for itself in online education, offering more than 140 online degree programs. Among the quality programs available at ASU is the BACB-approved graduate certificate in ABA and an ABA focus in the MEd program in Curriculum and Instruction. The graduate certificate option prepares graduates to work with any client population while the MEd prepares graduates to work in the classroom with children with special learning and behavior needs.

 

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Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Website

  • Online programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support-BCBA Program (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): 18-credit program costs $6,956 (same rate applies to both in-state and out-of-state students)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is just one of the unique educational specialties offered through Northern Arizona University. PBS is an area of study that focuses on improving human behavior to help people improve the quality of their lives and replace challenging behaviors with socially acceptable ones. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science behind PBS and Northern Arizona’s PBS coursework includes the BACB-approved courses required for BCBA certification. This unique online program involves some group work that would involve chatting and videoconferencing with classmates in real time.

 

TOP 62

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Arts in Special Education with an Emphasis in Behavior Support
    • BCBA Course Sequence (for students who have already completed their master’s degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $12,383 (in-state), $32,135 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The University of Arizona’s BCBA course sequence wastes no time, allowing students to complete the courses in as little as 16 months (3 semesters plus one summer), which allows busy teachers to easily manage the program while working. The courses can be taken independently for teachers that already hold a master’s or in combination with U of A’s MA in Special Education.

 

ARKANSAS

 

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University of Arkansas
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • MEd in Special Education with a focus on Special Education with ABA Certificate
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA (for students who have already completed their master’s degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,350 (in-state), $19,813 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE scores should be around the 50th percentile for the verbal reasoning score, quantitative reasoning sore, and analytical writing

We were particularly impressed by the nationally recognized faculty that teach University of Arkansas’ ABA programs. Also, U.S. News and World Report has consistently recognized the university’s grad programs as being among the best in the country.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

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Brandman University
Irvine, CA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Masters in Special Education, ABA emphasis
    • ABA Graduate Certificate (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,460
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE, MAT, GMAT, or California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) if your GPA is below 3.0

Brandman University offers the flexibility of an online program, along with the kind of individualized support that can only come from working with dedicated instructors. We were impressed with this dynamic online program because it allows students to participate in biweekly webinars with instructors and classmates. All classwork can be completed quickly in this program through accelerated eight-week sessions.

 

TOP 62

California State University
San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
Website

  • Online programs offered: ABA Certificate of Advanced Study (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,649 (in-state), $17,577 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love the flexibility this program offers, particularly for the working professional, as it allows students to complete the course sequence required for BCBA certification to augment their master’s in psychology or education with fewer time and financial commitments than earning another degree in ABA. This certificate program offers the ultimate in flexibility and can be earned on a part-time basis.

 

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National University
Sanford College of Education
La Jolla, CA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in ABA
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,232
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

If you’re looking for a leader in online education, look no further than National University. Its ABA programs are among more than 90 graduate and undergraduate programs the school offers completely online. The BACB courses, either as part of the MS program or a stand alone course sequence in the certificate program, is designed to prepare students to offer behavior management techniques and strategies in a P-12 setting.

 

COLORADO

 

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University of Colorado
Denver, CO
Website

  • Online programs offered: BCBA Course Sequence (can be a stand-alone post-graduate program or part of a master’s degree in education, psychology, or behavior analysis
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,452 (in-state), $24,112 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love the University of Colorado because of its long history of accommodating the needs of working students. Since 1996, the University of Colorado has helped thousands of students reach their educational goals through online study and flexible program options. Space is limited for the BCBA course sequence through the University of Colorado and registration is completed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

TOP 62

University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • ABA Graduate Certificate program (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree in education, psychology or behavior analysis)
    • Master of Arts in Special Education – Intervention Specialist: ABA Emphasis
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition): $7,672 (in-state, plus fees)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The UNC ABA Graduate Certificate program offers the opportunity to complete the BCBA course sequence concurrent with a master’s degree, making it ideal for students studying ABA, special education or psychology. We love UNC’s graduate programs for the expert faculty and impressive resources the school makes available to students. Graduates of the certificate program are prepared to provide ABA across the lifespan, including for those with traumatic brain injuries, while the MA in Special Education focuses on ABA interventions in the school setting.

 

CONNECTICUT

 

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Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in ABA
    • ABA Graduate Certificate (post-master’s)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,298 (in-state), $22,903 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE, MAT, GMAT, or California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) if your GPA is below 3.0

Western Connecticut State University has perfected online instruction. Aligning with its mission to provide high-quality behavior analytic instruction to practitioners, Western Connecticut State University offers fully online ABA programs that come complete with an advanced distance-learning platform, all from an institution dedicated to the highest standards of education and research.

 

FLORIDA

 

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Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, FL
Website

  • Online programs offered: BCBA Certification (can be combined with the MA in Professional Behavior Analysis or earned as a post-graduate certificate)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $16,128
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Florida Institute of Technology knows a thing or two about flexibility. Students of this program have the ability to enroll throughout the year thanks to the fact that new course sequences start every three months. The BCBA post-master’s certificate program is offered online as a professional development course for anybody that holds a master’s in education, psychology or ABA from an accredited school.

 

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Nova Southeastern University
Mailman Segal Center for Human Development
Fort Lauderdale, Davie, FL
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • MS in Counseling – ABA
    • MS in Counseling – Advanced ABA
    • Non-degree seeking: ABA and Advanced ABA (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree; those without a bachelor’s advised to contact BACB)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $19,175
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Online instruction at Nova Southeastern University is all about convenience, simplicity, and opportunities. This is because the university participates in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic campus – custom designed for professionals who need to complete the advanced coursework to qualify for BCBA certification while they work. Students of this innovative program can easily access course materials, an electronic library, and other resources remotely.

 

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University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • BACB Course Sequence with optional Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education (also available to post-graduate students)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $9,062 (in-state), $24,140 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: MA: GRE or MAT

The University of West Florida is the place to go for the working professional seeking a truly flexible and dynamic online learning experience. With five start dates per year, faculty who actively work in the field of ABA, and live interactions via virtual class sessions, online instruction here is first-rate.

 

ILLINOIS

 

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Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Chicago, IL
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate)
    • Master of Arts in Psychology, ABA concentration
    • Master of Science in ABA
    • PhD in ABA
    • PhD in ABA, Credential Track
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $26,179
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love the Chicago School of Professional Psychology because it doesn’t just offer online ABA programs, it also offers the best in delivery methods. Students of this program prepare to enter the field of ABA through a dynamic learning platform called the Global Student Dashboard that allows them to easily access assignments and interact with instructors and fellow students.

 

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Southern Illinois University
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Carbondale, IL
Website

  • Online programs offered: Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $14,583 (in-state), $30,369 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The MS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy has always been a top contender among online ABA programs and has consistently earned top national rankings. As part of the Rehabilitation Institute, the Master of Science in ABA through Southern Illinois University is designed for professionals in the Chicagoland area that can’t relocate to Carbondale to complete their studies. Courses are offered online, with just three trips to the University’s Chicagoland location required over three weekends.

 

INDIANA

 

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Ball State University
Muncie, IN
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Arts in ABA with an Emphasis in Autism
    • ABA Graduate Certificate (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $9,048 (in-state), $21,410 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Ball State University continues to be a trend setter in the field of ABA. It was the first in the state of Indiana to offer a master’s program in ABA with an emphasis on autism. Now it offers ABA programs through online study for the best in flexibility for working professionals. This program is ideal for students who want to work with children and adults who struggle with developmental disabilities, such as autism.

 

IOWA

 

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Kaplan University
Davenport, IA
Website

  • Online programs offered: Master of Science in Psychology with ABA concentration
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $10,326
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Kaplan University has always been a leader in online education, and the benefits of putting your education in the hands of a veteran online school like this are obvious. Students enjoy multiple start dates, personalized student support, including career services and an online library, and no less than seven social networking communities for keeping in touch with fellow classmates and staying on top of current and emerging trends in psychology and ABA.

 

KANSAS

 

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University of Kansas
Department of Applied Behavioral Science
Lawrence, KS
Website

  • Online programs offered: BACB Course Sequence (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $10,438 (in-state), $34,112 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE not required, but encouraged

Want to find a top contender in ABA study? Look no further than the University of Kansas’ Department of Applied Behavioral Science, one of the top 10 ABA graduate schools in the U.S. according to independent research firms. In fact, it’s the second most productive university in the U.S. in terms of its contribution to research in the field of ABA. The online BACB-Verified Course Sequence may be taken alongside a Master’s of Arts in ABA or the Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Psychology.

 

LOUISIANA

 

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Nicholls State University
College of Education
Thibodaux, LA
Website

  • Online programs offered: MEd of Curriculum and Instruction, High Incidence Disabilities with ABA option
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $7,852 (in-state), $18,783 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE – minimum score of 335 formula (GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours times 20, plus the GRE general test score); a satisfactory core of 3.5 on the writing component of the GRE

Nicholls State University offers a unique program focused on designing inclusive classrooms that put struggling students together with normal performing students to the benefit of all. Students of this program complete a field-based research seminar, which rounds out this comprehensive program and allows them to evaluate actual student learning environments. We love this university for online study because it consistently offers the best value in Louisiana.

 

MAINE

 

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University of Southern Maine
Educational Psychology
Portland, ME
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Certificate of Graduate Study in ABA (post-master’s)
    • Master of Science in Educational Psychology: ABA concentration
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $7,670 (in-state), $19,298 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: MS: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined Verbal and Quantitative subtest score of either 900 points or above (for tests taken before 9/1/2011) or 290 or above (for tests taken on or after 9/1/2011), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 390 points.

Not sure if you’ll complete your ABA course of study on-campus or online? Then the University of Southern Maine is for you, as both ABA programs offered can be taken fully online or on-site; students enjoy the flexibility of being able to attend classes using distance education technology, or in-person on the USM campus.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

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Endicott College
The Institute for Behavioral Studies
Beverly, MA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Certificate in Autism
    • Certificate in ABA (post-graduate)
    • MEd in Non-Licensure Special Education
    • MEd in Special Education and ABA
    • MEd in Autism and ABA
    • MEd in ABA
    • PhD in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,489
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The large number of ABA options at Endicott College make it a smart choice for students from different backgrounds and with diverse career goals. The Institute for Behavioral Studies is able to offer a wide variety of online ABA programs, thanks to its collaboration with various partner programs and synchronous live online course delivery. All programs are offered fully online, with no residency requirements.

 

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Northeastern University
Bouvre College of Health Sciences
Boston, MA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in ABA
    • Certificate in ABA (post-graduate)
    • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in ABA (post-graduate)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $22,913
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Programs in ABA through Northeastern University are time-tested, thanks to this university’s more than forty years of history in ABA instruction. The success of this program is evident, as Northeastern University’s graduates have an 83 percent pass rate on the BCBA exam.

 

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Simmons College
Department of Behavior Analysis
Boston, MA
Website

    • Online Programs Offered: 
    • MS in Behavior Analysis, on-campus, online
    • EdS in Behavior Analysis, on-campus, online
    • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $20,718
    • Entrance exam(s) required: none

    Simmons caters to future clinicians, researchers and educators by offering both an MS and EdS in Behavior Analysis. These programs have it all: The BACB Verified Course Sequence and 750 hours of mentoring and supervision required to sit for the BCBA certification exam, and the incredible student services Simmons is known for – all without any on-campus requirements. With Simmons ABA graduates demonstrating an 81% first time pass rate on the BCBA exam (15 percentage points higher than the national average!), you know you’re getting the preparation you need.

 

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University of Massachusetts Lowell
Department of Psychology
Lowell, MA
Website

  • Online Degrees offered: Both offered as a post-graduate program or for students currently earning a graduate degree
    • Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Management in Autism
    • Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $14,679 (in-state), $26,228 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The University of Massachusetts’ online graduate certificates in Behavioral Management/Management in Autism is a collaboration between the Department of Psychology and the UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Courses are taught by expert behavior analysts from around the country who work for some of the most respected autism treatment and research facilities. It’s no wonder this university has consistently ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s top online education programs.

 

MICHIGAN

 

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Website

  • Online programs offered: Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $16,764 (in-state), $32,940 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Michigan University is one of the leading universities in the U.S., providing post-secondary education for more than 160 years. With online programs available in important fields like ABA, MSU continues its legacy into the 21st century. Michigan State’s Graduate Certificate in ABA was developed to train professionals to be capable of designing, implementing, and supervising behavior analysis therapy for those with developmental disabilities like autism.

 

MINNESOTA

 

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Capella University
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minnesota
Website

  • Online programs offered: Master of Science in Psychology, ABA specialization
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $15,003
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love Capella University because they’ve perfected the delivery of online courses. Capella’s fully online MS in Psychology with ABA specialization features four core courses, six specialization courses, and one integrative project that combine to meet the eligibility requirements for the BCBA exam. Some of the benefits of studying through Capella include employer, association, and military discounts and a career center that provides career planning upon graduation.

 

TOP 62

Saint Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN
Website

  • Online programs offered: Master’s in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,256 (in-state), $12,084 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE – waived for individuals with a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

The quality instruction in ABA at Saint Cloud State University is undeniable, as it is ranked first in the nation for its BCBA exam pass rates. Psychology students here are afforded a flexible online program along with PhD-level instructors in all courses providing close faculty support.

 

MISSOURI

 

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Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
Website

  • Online programs offered: Master of Arts in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $7,408 (in-state), $12,868 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love Southeast Missouri State University because it has earned the distinction of being the recognized leader in online education in the State of Missouri. In fact, the MA in ABA from Southeast Missouri State University is just one of four programs nationwide to offer a fully online degree, plus supervision for the fieldwork requirements.

 

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Webster University
St. Louis, MO
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Advanced Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate)
    • Master of Arts in Special Education with an ABA emphasis
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $12,690
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Students from all across the U.S. and from more than 100 countries study at Webster University, thanks to its distinguished faculty, globally-minded curriculum, and a consistently high ranking on U.S. News and World Report top university lists. Its ABA programs are no exception, preparing students to practice behavior analysis in schools, residential centers, community agencies, and more.

 

MONTANA

 

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Montana State University
Billings, MT
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in Special Education Advanced Studies with an ABA emphasis
  • ABA Course Sequence (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $6,705 (in-state), $18,971(out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE

If you’re looking for an online program through a state school in the western U.S., you need not look any further than Montana State University, which offers more online courses than any other institution in the state. Graduates of Montana State University’s ABA programs enjoy a high rate of employment and job offers. All instructors have documented experience and/or BCBA certification.

 

NEVADA

 

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University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Psychology
Reno, NV
Website

  • Online programs offered: Master of Arts in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $5,287 (in-state), $19,197 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE – general scores

Known for its world-class behavior analytic training, the University of Nevada Reno offers an MA in Psychology with a Behavior Analysis Specialization that focuses on the philosophies of behaviorism. Its ABA programs are part of the psychology department, one of the largest departments in the university. Students of this program are well-prepared to continue on to doctoral studies or enter the workplace and begin careers in the public or private sectors.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

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Monmouth University
School of Education
West Long Branch, NJ
Website

  • Online programs offered: ABA Certificate program (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $24,856
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

U.S. News and World Report, Money Magazine, and The Princeton Review all agree (and so do we!): Monmouth University delivers some of the top programs in the nation, and its ABA certificate program is no exception. Located within the School of Education, the ABA certificate program prepares graduates to serve as effective teachers, support specialists, and leaders in a wide array of educational settings.

 

NEW YORK

 

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Hunter College
New York, NY
Website

  • Online programs offered: Advanced Certificate in ABA (post-master’s)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $10,438 (in-state), $19,028 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love how Hunter College makes online learning so flexible, convenient, and accessible. Students of the online advanced certificate in ABA attend class using distance-based courseware and a dynamic platform that provides plenty of opportunities for direct and ongoing interaction with classmates and instructors.

 

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Sage Colleges
Esteves School of Education
Troy, Albany, NY
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in ABA and Autism
    • Certificate of Advanced Study in ABA (post-graduate)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $12,290
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love the Sage Colleges online ABA programs because they deliver flexible and convenient programming that is presented in a dynamic, state-of-the-art multimedia platform. Sage’s ABA programs follow the scientist-practitioner model, allowing students to engage in plenty of research activities that focus on experimentation. Students can also complete an optional supervised practicum track.

 

TOP 62

St. Joseph’s College
Brooklyn, NY
Website

  • Online programs offered: Advanced Certificate in ABA (post-graduate)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $16,533
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GMAT may be required

St. Joseph’s Advanced Certificate in ABA made our list of the best ABA grad programs because of the school’s highly-esteemed and experienced faculty members- not to mention it offers a lower tuition rate than most other private institutions. Just some of the perks of studying online at St. Joseph’s include dedicated academic advisors, technology support, and access to the college’s library.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

 

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University of North Dakota
Education and Human Development
Grand Forks, ND
Website

  • Online programs offered: BACB Course Sequence and Intensive Practicum Experience (post-graduate non-degree or as part of the Master’s in Special Education
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,643
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Affordable tuition, a dynamic learning environment, and plenty of flexibility for working professionals are all reasons why the University of North Dakota made the list of our favorite schools with ABA programs. The BACB course sequence is delivered using asynchronous online instruction, meaning that students can complete the coursework on their own time. Plus, all students are charged in-state resident tuition no matter where they live.

 

OHIO

 

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Cleveland State University
College of Education and Human Services
Cleveland, OH
Website

  • Online programs offered: BACB Course Sequence— Must be taken with concurrent graduate enrollment in a related field, such as counseling, social work, school psychology, education, public health, and the behavior sciences.
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $9,679 (in-state), $16,502 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Cleveland State University has earned a reputation for being a top-tier school for its teacher education programs, so it’s no surprise that it made our list of the top grad programs in ABA. The BACB course sequence can be completed either alone or alongside a graduate degree in a related field and features a highly-engaging platform for the best in online learning.

 

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Kent State University
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Kent, OH
Website

  • Online programs offered: Behavioral Intervention Specialist Certificate (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,090 (in-state), $19,362 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We always appreciate Kent State’s advances in online learning. In fact, you might say that Kent State has perfected the art of online course delivery, thanks to its dynamic course management system called Blackboard Learn. Students of the Behavioral Intervention Specialist Certificate program enjoy a variety of learning tools including PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, and discussion groups.

 

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University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $14,468 (in-state), $26,210 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The University of Cincinnati’s ABA programs are fully focused on the working professional, and it shows. Students can access their coursework at any time, providing the best in flexibility for working professionals. The graduate certificate can be completed in 1-2 years, depending on the number of classes taken per term, while the master’s degree can be completed in as little as 20 months.

 

OKLAHOMA

 

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University of Oklahoma
College of Education
Norman, OK
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • BCBA Course Sequence
    • Master in Special Education with a concentration in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,169 (in-state), $22,272 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The University of Oklahoma easily made it onto our list of top ABA grad programs, thanks to this school’s standing as the largest research institution in the state of Oklahoma, complete with more than 575 endowed faculty members. The online ABA programs here feature a number of distance learning technologies that add to the quality of the instruction.

 

OREGON

 

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Portland State University
Department of Special Education
Portland, OR
Website

  • Online programs offered: BCBA Course Sequence (can be completed as part of a non-degree post-graduate course sequence or part of a MA/MS degree or EdD in Special Education)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $14,565 (in-state), $22,053 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love the innovation taking place at Portland State University, and so does U.S. News and World Report, naming it one of the most innovative schools in the nation in 2017. PSU goes one step beyond just including the BCBA course sequence and offers a number of areas of focus, including a combined focus in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Telehealth/Technology Supports.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

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Cairn University
School of Education
Langhorne, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in Special Education (ABA)
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,790
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

For students interested in attending a Christian school, Cairn University takes top honors. In fact, Cairn University offers the first Christian university program verified by the BACB that integrates autism-specific training. Cairn offers an unsurpassed degree of flexibility, allowing students to begin the verified course sequence any semester throughout the academic year. Educators working in Christian schools receive a 50% discount on tuition.

 

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Arcadia University
School of Education
Glenside, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • MEd in ABA
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $29,710
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Arcadia University’s ABA programs earn a spot on our list of top grad programs due, in part, to the university’s top-notch faculty, all of whom have extensive experience in behavior analysis in addition to experience teaching at the university level.

 

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Drexel University
School of Education
Philadelphia, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • Master of Science in Special Education, with a concentration in ABA
    • Graduate Certificate in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $33,024
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

A list of the top online ABA grad programs wouldn’t be complete without Drexel University, which has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s best universities. Further, the MS in Special Education was recently named one of the best online master’s programs in education. With no fixed class hours, Drexel’s online ABA programs allow students to complete degrees on their own time while still working. Graduates are prepared to pursue opportunities in school settings, residential facilities, and other settings that encourage supervised behavior adaptation.

 

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East Stroudsburg University
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative and Human Services
East Stroudsburg, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
  • ABA Certificate (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
    • MEd in Special Education with an ABA concentration
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $14,142 (in-state), $19,950 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

East Stroudsburg University has a long history of providing top-notch graduate programs in education, so it’s no surprise we are impressed with the ABA program offerings here. These online programs draw on the rich history of the education department here, offering interactive online study designed specifically for the working professional.

 

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Lehigh University
College of Education
Bethlehem, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered: Certificate in Behavior Analysis (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $25,560
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We were impressed with Lehigh University’s Certificate in Behavior Analysis, as it prepares students to take the BCBA exam while at the same time preparing them for the Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist license required to practice in the state.

 

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Mercyhurst University
Erie, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered: Graduate Certificate in ABA (post-graduate stand alone or can be applied toward the MS in Special Education)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $22,885
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Mercyhurst University is still in the process of rolling out their 100% online ABA program, but we couldn’t resist including them on our list anyway. Can you blame us? Mercyhurst offers an MS in Special Education with an accompanying ABA certificate that gives graduates everything they need to qualify for both the BCBA exam and an ASD endorsement through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The graduate certificate in ABA is also available as a stand-alone option for post-master’s students. All this through a highly respected private university that has received accolades for offering affordable tuition rates.

 

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Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in ABA (post-graduate stand-alone or offered as part of the MS in School Psychology)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $28,364
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

In addition to PCOM’s convenient, online grad certificate program in ABA for working professionals, we are impressed with this college’s faculty of board-certified behavior analysts and psychologists, and the fact that this flexible program makes course content available to students around the clock.

 

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Saint Joseph’s University
College of Arts and Sciences
Philadelphia, PA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • BCBA coursework (offered as a concentration in the MS in Criminal Justice or as a stand-alone post-master’s program)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $16,092
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

St. Joseph’s University gets a nod for offering the unique option of taking the BACB verified coursework as part of a master’s in criminal justice. If you already have a master’s degree and just need the BCBA courses to be eligible for the exam, then the verified course sequence can also be taken by itself as a post-master’s program. Completing this coursework allows graduates to sit for the BCBA exam in the process of working toward earning the Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

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Clemson University
Center for Behavior Analysis
Clemson, SC
Website

  • Online programs offered: BCBA Course Sequence (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $9,682 (in-state), $15,280 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

Clemson University earns a top spot on our list of the best ABA grad programs because of is globally minded focus on behavior analysis. Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute Center for Behavior Analysis (CBA) was created to satisfy the demand for quality behavior analysis services around the world. In fact, the mission of the CBA is to bring behavior analysis to regions of the world where quality ABA services aren’t currently available.

 

TENNESSEE

 

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Tennessee Technological University
College of Education
Cookeville, TN
Website

  • Online programs offered: Applied Behavior Analysis Master of Arts concentration
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $10,371 (in-state), $24,891 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: MAT/GRE (may be waived for Tennessee Tech University education majors who have successfully passed EdTPA, Praxis, and teaching license requirements with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.)

Tennessee Technological University always earns a spot on a list of the top ABA grad programs because of its consistent recognition as a top college by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. It’s long history of high-quality education programs includes the ABA Master of Arts concentration, which prepares students to sit for the BCBA exam. Students may also complete the optional on-site supervised practicum as part of this program to meet the experience requirements for BCBA certification.

 

TEXAS

 

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Texas A&M University
Department of Educational Psychology
College Station, TX
Website

  • Online programs offered: ABA Graduate Certificate (post-graduate or may be completed alongside the Special Education Master’s program)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,904 (in-state), $19,073 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: GRE verbal and quantitative scores

Texas A&M University’s Department of Educational Psychology is the largest producer of special and bilingual education teachers in the State of Texas, so it’s no wonder this esteemed university offers a graduate certificate in ABA through online study. The ABA graduate certificate offers students asynchronous and synchronous learning formats, as well as an opportunity to complete an online practicum. The university offers up to 21 distance practicums each semester for graduate students interested in providing ABA classroom interventions for students with autism spectrum disorder.

 

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Texas Tech University
Special Education
Lubbock, TX
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • ABA Graduate Certificate (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
    • MEd in Special Education, emphasis in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,385 (in-state), $18,177 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The ABA programs through Texas Tech University are part of a dynamic system of 60 degree, certificate, and certification programs made available online, all of which have been recognized for their outstanding level of instruction. In fact, this is the fourth consecutive year the university’s online education programs have earned recognition from a number of prestigious news organization.

 

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University of Houston Victoria
School of Education
Victoria, TX
Website

  • Online programs offered: MEd in Special Education, concentration in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $6,990 (in-state), $14,334 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

If you’re a teacher considering graduate studies and want to learn how to design and implement the most effective classroom interventions for special needs students, then the MEd in Special Education with a concentration in ABA through the University of Houston-Victoria could very well be the perfect choice. UHV offers an affordable option that’s delivered completely online and that includes the BACB-verified course sequence you need to be eligible for the BCBA exam. What more could you ask for?

 

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University of North Texas
Denton, TX
Website

  • Online programs offered: BACB Course Sequence (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree and can be used to meet the requirements for the Graduate Academic Certificate in ABA)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $7,183 (in-state), $14,527 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The University of Texas’ BACB course sequence is custom designed with the working professional in mind. All BACB courses are accessible 24/7 for the best in flexibility and convenience for working professionals, and all courses are offered every term, allowing you to enroll year-round. The university also offers a Fast Track program—a self-paced program that allows students to bypass the traditional semester schedule.

 

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University of Texas at Austin
Faculty Innovation Center
Austin, TX
Website

  • Online programs offered: Online Certificate Program in ABA and Special Education (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $11,300 (in-state), $21,518 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

The University of Texas Austin’ certificate program in ABA was designed to address the growing demand for BCBAs in Texas. The number of BCBA’s in Texas has more than doubled in the last two years, but even this has barely kept pace with the demand for ABA services in the state. This has sparked a need for online programs like this one, which allow students to complete an ABA course of study on their own time through convenient, online study.

 

VIRGINIA

 

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George Mason University
Graduate School of Education
Fairfax, VA
Website

  • Online programs offered: ABA Graduate Certificate with MEd Option
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $13,724 (in-state), $32,402 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

If you want the best in flexibility, George Mason University should be on your radar. This ABA Graduate Certificate is a fully online program delivered in eight-week modules, making it an ideal choice for the working professional.

 

WASHINGTON

 

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University of Washington
College of Education
Seattle, WA
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • BACB Course Sequence
    • MEd in Special Education in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): approximately $13,250 per academic year ($589/credit; 27 credits for BACB VCS, and 45 credits for MEd in Special Education in ABA)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: MEd: GRE

If you want the opportunity to complete both your BCBA course and fieldwork requirements, the University of Washington is a smart choice. Students of the BACB Course Sequence and MEd in Special Education in ABA have the option of completing an intensive practicum that meets the requirements for board certification with supervision provided remotely by BCBAs affiliated with the University. The intensive practicum involves working with individuals with developmental disabilities for no less than 25 hours each week during the program.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

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West Virginia University
Department of Special Education
Morgantown, WV
Website

  • Online programs offered:
    • BCBA Course Sequence (post-graduate or for students currently earning a graduate degree)
    • Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $9,000 (in-state), $23,238 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: MA: 850 or better on the GRE OR 400 or better on the MAT OR a Master’s degree in education or a closely related area from a regionally accredited institution with minimum GPA of 3.25;

It’s no surprise that West Virginia University, which is among the top 100 public universities in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report, made our list of best ABA graduate programs. The stand-alone BCBA course sequence for incoming students who already hold a master’s and the MA in Special Education with an ABA emphasis are just two of WVU’s countless online options. All online programs are offered through an innovative learning platform called WVU eCampus, which utilizes the Blackboard learning management system. Students of these programs can also participate in live class sessions through Blackboard Collaborate, a desktop conferencing program.

 

WISCONSIN

 

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater
College of Education and Professional Studies
Whitewater, WI
Website

  • Online programs offered: ABA Graduate Certificate (may be taken as a stand-alone post-graduate program or applied toward an MSE in Special Education)
  • Estimated cost per academic year (tuition + fees): $8,915 (in-state), $18,414 (out-of-state)
  • Entrance exam(s) required: none

We love the University of Wisconsin Whitewater’s dedication to online programming. In fact, this university has taken online study to the next level through the implementation of online modules that stress evidence-based interventions. The ABA graduate certificate online program is accredited through Quality Matters, a program designed to evaluate the convenience and accessibility of online programs.