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Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate

Many school and mental health professionals are seeking graduate level programs that teach them to incorporate behavior analytic principles and practices into their work with individuals with learning, social, and behavior challenges.

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Program Overview

The GVSU Psychology Department offers an online graduate level certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that allows students to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). A master's degree or higher is required for admission to the program.

To become a BCBA, students must meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) course requirements, supervised fieldwork requirements, and pass the BCBA exam. The GVSU ABA certificate program is a Verified Course Sequence by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

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Grand Valley State University provides an environment that allows students to successfully complete their education and obtain thriving careers. The gainful employment regulation requires certificate programs to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. GVSU is engaged with the community to prepare the students for real life experiences, which allow for gainful employment.

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Department of Psychology
1 Campus Drive
ASH 2224
(616) 331-3513

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is June 1, though applications may be considered after that date. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

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Location & Format

All classes for this program can be completed online.

Format: Online


Students will complete seven courses (three credits each, 21 credits total) that meet the 5th Edition Task List coursework requirements of the BACB.

  • PSY 522 - ABA I: Foundational Concepts and Principles
  • PSY 523 - ABA II: Application to Behavior Change
  • PSY 525 - Behavior Analysis Applied to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disorders
  • PSY 527 - Ethics and Diversity in Professional Practice
  • PSY 550 - Research in Applied Settings
  • PSY 624 - Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • PSY 658 - Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis

All courses are offered online. The first course in the sequence, PSY 522, starts in the fall.