The GVSU psychology department is offering an online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that will allow students to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students will complete six courses (18 credits) that meet the 4th Edition Task List coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The GVSU course sequence has been approved by the BACB. A master’s degree in psychology, education, or behavior analysis is required for admission to the program. See program flyer.

To become a BCBA, students must meet the BACB course requirements, meet additional experience requirements, and pass the BCBA exam.  The GVSU ABA certificate program will offer the course requirements but will not provide supervision for the experience requirements at this time. Students seeking BCBA status will need to seek supervised experience outside of the certificate program. For more information about becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, visit the BACB website at (“Becoming certified”).

Students may be degree seeking or non-degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the successful completion of the course sequence. All graduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid.

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Flexible. High quality classes are offered online to accommodate working professionals.

School-based focus. Teachers and school psychologists can benefit from graduate training that teaches them to incorporate behavior analytic principles and practices into their work with students with learning and behavior needs.

In demand. Jobs are plentiful in the field of applied behavior analysis and school professionals with advanced certification in ABA are in demand.


The ABA graduate certificate program admission requirements  are available online. Apply here 

The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

Courses Offered

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is a minimum of 18 credits.

See the full course list.


Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. Visit the financial aid office webpage for tuition and fees

Page last modified June 7, 2017