Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology—Applied Behavior Analysis

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Program at a Glance
  • Pursue careers working with children and adults struggling with a range of mental and behavioral health challenges.
  • Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination.
  • This program is eligible for the Tuition Cap, which ensures you only pay a fixed amount for your education.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
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Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis Overview

Applied behavior analysis uses an individual understanding of people, how they learn, and what they need to devise behavioral interventions to help them succeed. If you’re interested in helping others, consider this psychology degree.

Use of ABA 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. Purdue Global’s online applied behavior analysis (ABA) degree is designed to provide you with the foundational skills to:

  • Address complex behaviors
  • Solve social problems
  • Moderate relationships between individuals, family members, and/or people in the community

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  • ABA student site: This is a one-stop resource site for current students and alumni of Purdue Global’s behavioral analysis degree programs.
  • Student clubs and organizations: Students are invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and Autism Speaks U.
  • Optional internship: Gain valuable real-world experience with an optional internship while you earn your applied behavior analysis bachelor’s degree. 

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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BACB Verified Program Train for BACB® Certification Online

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®, (BACB) has verified the course sequence of this program as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination.*

Note: Applicants will have to meet additional field experience requirements to qualify.

Career Opportunities

The demand for assistant behavior analysts is increasing. Between 2014 to 2017, the annual demand for individuals with a BCaBA certification increased from 95 job postings in 2014 to 1,040 in 2017, a 995% increase.

In addition to preparing you for certification exams, an applied behavior analysis degree from Purdue Global can help you pursue a number of career opportunities. Some possible careers in this field include:

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

Note: 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.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your bachelor’s degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately.

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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.

In your first course, you’ll develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes.

Sample Courses
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children
  • Personality Development
  • Exceptional Needs Children
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Program Design and Evaluation
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits117
  • Elective Credits30
  • Total Credits180

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$45,000maximum cost of attendance
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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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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*Refer to the BACB’s website ( for full eligibility requirements. The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university 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.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies, “US Behavior Analyst Workforce: Understanding the National Demand for Behavior Analysts,” National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.