The online certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis provides students with the necessary coursework preparation for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. It requires coursework on the basic principles of behavioral science and its research methods but emphasizes course work and training in application (e.g., assessment, analysis, intervention, evaluation). Its objective is to advance empirically based solutions to problems of individual and societal importance, both local and global.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Applicants to the program must meet one of two requirements:

1. A Master’s degree (or higher) in an area of psychology (such as applied behavior analysis, child development, school psychology, etc.) or currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in this area; or

2. A Master's degree (or higher) in Education (such as regular or special education) or currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in this area.

To be eligible to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam, students must have supervised experience working with client populations. It is strongly recommended that incoming students who have not already completed supervised experience as part of their master's degree requirements do so while completing the Certificate coursework. However, this supervised experience is not part of the Certificate curriculum.

For more information on admission to a graduate certificate program at KU, see the policy on Admission to Graduate Study.  Applications may be submitted at

Certificate students must complete the following six courses for a total of 18 graduate credit hours:

ABSC 770Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation3
ABSC 771Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 850Principles of Behavior Analysis3
ABSC 851Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science3
ABSC 852Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities3
ABSC 853Behavioral Assessment3
Total Hours18