Online Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
8 months
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
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ABA Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

Come back and move your career forward. Earn your ABA certificate online and gain the knowledge and credentials to take on new opportunities in the field.

  • Complete a practicum experience to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Learn from faculty who are working professionals in the behavior analysis field.
  • Gain the skills for a variety of career paths such as: working with children in school settings; enhancing the development of children and adults with disabilities; or increasing the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations.

Gain the Skills That Employers — and Clients — Need

  • Provide assessments, design behavior intervention plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment of children and adults with special needs.
  • Utilize basic methodologies in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings to determine effective client services.
  • Use analytical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to solve problems and design treatment plans related to DSM-5 behavioral and mental health issues.
  • Apply ABA principles to functional assessments, behavior intervention plans, and the evaluation of treatment effectiveness.
  • Explain treatment approaches in terms that clients, their families, and organization representatives understand.
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Learn Online, but Not on Your Own

Join a community of support. Our rich online experience includes many opportunities to engage with students and faculty who are professionals in your field. You can also join organizations such as the Psychology Club and Autism Speaks U for further networking and leadership opportunities.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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ABAI Verified Course Sequence

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For the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate program,  the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) examination (via Pathway 2). Applicants will need to meet additional Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) eligibility requirements, including evidence of residency in an authorized country, before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

  • PS225 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PS340: Exceptional Needs Children
  • PS360: Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • PS365: Applied Behavior Analysis II
  • PS385: Targeted Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PS410: Screening and Assessment
  • PS430: Program Design and Evaluation

Note: Please refer to the BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements ( Additional information is also located on Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure information.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum includes six courses that focus on people who are developmentally disabled, autistic, and suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Sample Courses

  • Exceptional Needs Children
  • Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • Applied Behavior Analysis II
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Program Design and Evaluation
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
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Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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Financial Aid

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Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

With an applied behavior analysis certificate, you can gain specialized knowledge to reduce problem behavior; improve patient performance in settings such as group homes, clinics, corporations, and nonprofits; develop intervention and treatment plans; and work as a consultant.

Possible career areas may include mental health, social services, or educational centers.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation.

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Download our brochure to learn more about the Online Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with a postbaccalaureate certificate in applied behavior analysis.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.