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ABA Certificate Admission Criteria

The Admissions Committee looks for candidate’s demonstration of exceptional ability in professional background or training. Applicant credentials are evaluated as a composite on the basis of all information submitted in the admission process. MA applicants must follow the  general master’s degree admissions process and declare an ABA concentration. Click here for MA admission criteria.

To be considered, applicants must have:
  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • a master’s degree from an accredited institution in either psychology, education, counseling, social work, or other approved human services field. Students with a master’s in other fields may be considered if they have experience implementing behavior-analytic therapy
  • an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is preferred; a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is preferred*.

In addition, relevant field experience in applied behavior analysis is desirable.

*If your undergraduate or graduate GPA is below our preference, contact the Admissions Coordinator, Kinsey, at [email protected] for additional steps in the admissions process.

Applications are reviewed after receipt of all required documents. Individuals who meet all admission criteria may be invited for an interview. Upon completion of the interview, the Admissions Committee will make a decision about acceptance to the program.

*Note: At this time, international applicants are not eligible for enrollment in the Certificate of Applied Behavior Analysis because of federal enrollment requirements. We encourage international students who are interested in ABA to apply to the combined MA/ABA program.


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