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Program Description

Do you already have a graduate degree in a related field, but you are interested in expanding your skills in applied behavior analysis? Our ABA certificate provides the necessary coursework for individuals interested in pursuing their Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA). The certificate does not provide the required supervised fieldwork or masters degree requirements, also necessary to be a BCBA. Courses can be taken on campus or online via synchronous Zoom class sessions.

You can read more about the certificate and apply using this link:


Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor or Masters degree in a related field (e.g., education, psychology, special education, social work, communication disorders).

    If not, pre-requisite of EDS 516 (or equivalent from another institution).
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or graduate GPA of 3.25.
  3. One (1) letter of recommendation speaking to your experience working with children or youth.
  4. Updated resume overviewing their education and experience.
  5. Scholarly writing sample (e.g., literature review, research article)
  6. Personal statement describing previous experience that led to this desire to obtain ABA certificate


  • Fall Start Only: May 30 


State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Graduate Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.