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Graduate Program Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Degree Details

  • Masters (M)
    Total Credits
    Masters + ABA Graduate Certificate—45 credits
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    Delivery Method
  • Graduate Certificate (GC)
    Total Credits
    ABA Graduate Certificate—32 credits
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    Delivery Method

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Portland State University’s ABA program is fully online and provides a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) aligned with the 5th Edition Task List as a non-degree option; or in conjunction with a master’s degree as part of the Pathway 2 eligibility outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). In addition, the program includes a number of added curricular areas of focus, including an explicit emphasis on the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, Telehealth/Technology, and use of behavioral supports within early childhood settings.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified PSU’s course sequence toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Please refer to the BACB® for additional requirements.

Quick Facts

  • 32 credit to a certificate; 45 credits when paired with a master's degree
  • Two years
  • Fully online cohort format
  • Part-time format allows students to acquire independent supervised field experience required to sit for the credentialing exam

Program Benefits

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Verified Course Sequence (VCS)
  • Resident tuition rates apply for non-degree students who reside outside of Oregon
  • Scholarship opportunities and Financial Aid eligibility for degree-seeking students
  • Access to a network of experts in the field
  • Coursework content preparation for BACB®-administered credentialing exam

Applied Behavioral Analysis: Why PSU?

As the only fully online program in the state of Oregon, graduate students receive expert content, training, and clinical experiences from practicing BCBAs with national and international experience in Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Telehealth across a variety of settings (e.g., home, schools, and community-based settings).

What can I do with a certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis?

According to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®) “Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been empirically shown to be effective in a wide variety of areas, including parent training, substance abuse treatment, dementia management, brain injury rehabilitation, occupational safety intervention, among others." Our graduates are behavior specialists in schools, as well as in day-treatment centers, ABA provider agencies, community based organizations, homes and in communities.