Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis

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Purdue Global’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to provide you with the foundational skills to address complex behaviors, solve social problems, and responsibly moderate relationships between individuals, family members, or people in the community. Use of applied behavior analysis methods is widely recognized as an effective method of treating those with behavior disorders, such as children with autism and those who are affected by trauma.

  • "Behavior analysis" refers to the study of how people learn. "Applied" means using psychology rather than researching it.
  • Applied behavior analysis uses an individual understanding of people, how they learn, and what they need to devise behavioral interventions to help them succeed.

Work settings for behavior analysis professionals can include autism clinics, community mental health centers, home- and community-based settings, schools, adult day-training facilities, and child-welfare agencies, among others.* This bachelor’s degree could also be a stepping-stone for earning your master’s degree in psychology at Purdue Global.

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board,® Inc., (BACB®) has verified the course sequence of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis program as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination.‡

Following the coursework, you will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Visit BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements.

Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Purdue Global, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Purdue Global, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Purdue Global, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap program.

Note: transfer credit maximums apply; ask an Admissions Advisor for details.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click  for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Tuition Cap Transfer Credit Maximums: Enrollees in Tuition Cap programs who transfer in more than 35 or 70 credits for the associate’s or bachelor’s programs, respectively, are not enrolled under Tuition Cap and will not be charged the $200 per-term Administration Fee. If they are required to repeat courses, take additional courses due to prerequisite requirements, take course assessments, or take fewer than two courses per term, they may exceed the $22,500 or $45,000 total for the associate’s or bachelor’s, respectively, Tuition Cap program of study.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Purdue Global master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to Student Support for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

A behavioral psychology degree from Purdue Global can prepare you to pursue a number of career opportunities in fields such as  education, developmental disabilities, mental health, and business.

Some possible career titles in this field include*:

  • Applied behavior support specialist
  • Assistant applied behavior analyst
  • Behavioral ABA technician

Purdue Global’s behavioral psychology degree program could also help prepare you for continued graduate-level education in psychology, which could significantly broaden your career opportunities.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum examines the major concepts, values, theories, studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to human behavior, learning, and development. Courses include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children
  • Personality Development
  • Exceptional Needs Children
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Program Design and Evaluation
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits117
  • Elective Credits30
  • Total Credits180

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Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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$45,000 maximum cost of attendance
180 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Purdue Global Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Purdue Global tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.


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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.   

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.

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.

§Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.