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.
  • Explore the design, analysis, and application of learning theories and behavior principles to understand what motivates human behavior.
  • We offer postgraduate certificate programs and a master's degree with a concentration in applied behavior analysis if you are interested in sitting for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

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

Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 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

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, educational psychology, 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. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

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

This program meets certification requirements for the BCaBA® examination in specific states. Refer to for additional information on licensure and state authorizations.

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The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the course sequence of this program toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination.*

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Note: Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Refer to the BACB’s website ( for full eligibility requirements.

Career Opportunities

The demand for assistant behavior analysts is increasing. Between 2010 and 2020, the annual demand for individuals with a BCaBA certification increased annually, from 2,204 jobs in 2018 to 6,653 in 2020, a 202% 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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Coordination
  3. Service Orientation
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot 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.

Explore Other Learning Opportunities

ABA Student Site

This is a one-stop resource site for current students and alumni of Purdue Global’s behavior 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.

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Learn More

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 Credits45
  • Major Credits107
  • Elective Credits28
  • Total Credits180

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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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*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 Employment 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.