The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Grand Valley

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 enrolled in the GVSU School Psychology Graduate Program or the ABA Graduate Certificate program to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the successful completion of the course sequence. When completing the application, select the "degree seeking" option. All graduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid.

Why Study Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at GVSU?

  • 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.

Courses Offered

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is a minimum of 18 credits. Students will complete six courses (three credits each, 18 credits total) that meet the 4th Edition Task List coursework requirements of the BACB.

  • PSY 522 - ABA I: Foundational 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

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

See the full course list.


The application deadline for the ABA graduate certificate program is June 1, though applications may be considered after that date. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

View the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Requirements


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

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. 

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Page last modified November 9, 2018