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The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate prepares professionals for careers as behavior analysts dedicated to supporting those with behavioral health needs.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

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The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) approved Verified Course Sequence (VCS) that prepares candidates to use applied behavior analysis with cultural humility. The program emphasizes social justice while addressing issues and trends in service delivery.

The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program includes 22 credits and 8 required courses that are completed fully online in a course sequence that spans four semesters. Students rotate through the course sequence in a cohort model. Students with a graduate degree may complete the stand-alone ABA certificate program. Students may also complete the ABA certificate as part of a graduate degree program.

Program Requirements

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the curriculum toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination

Becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Board Certified Behavior Analysts are board approved, graduate level practitioners who deliver behavior-analytic services in a variety of fields including education, psychology, social work, business, health care and other human service industries. The process for becoming a behavior analyst requires the successful completion of required coursework, experience hours and a culminating certification exam. The certification process is overseen by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). For details about becoming a BCBA, please see the following sites:

Students may start the program in either summer or fall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended that students apply by May 15 for the summer cohort and by Aug. 15 for the fall cohort.

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate degree or concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program.
  • Personal statement.
  • Transcripts.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.
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