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Applied Behavior Analysis, Graduate Certificate

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes
Degree Dependent: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 18

Certificate description: A Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program will train you to be an exceptional practitioner of ABA-based interventions to improve quality of life for people with behavioral challenges, including children and adults with developmental needs. MU graduate students can complete the certificate program while pursuing a degree, and the certificate also complements the skills of recent graduates and experienced professionals who want to specialize in ABA. The program is designed to meet eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. This course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

In our program, you’ll learn the conceptual foundations of ABA and how these behavioral principles are applied to improve behavior. Central to this program is a collaboration with the MU College of Education and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Partnership with the College of Education allows for shared courses taught by professors from the School of Health Professions and the College of Education, and the MU Thompson Center serves as the primary practicum site to give you an exceptional experiential learning opportunity working with individuals with developmental needs.

Application Process

  • Current Mizzou Graduate Students: Complete the Change of Program Form and submit the form directly to the Applied Behavior Analysis program.
  • New/Returning Mizzou Graduate Students: Students new to Mizzou or former Mizzou graduate students returning after a semester break or longer, should complete the Graduate Application for Admission. Please include the application materials listed below in your online application.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Please make sure to include the month/year for the start and end dates of all work experience (Upload to the Supplemental Information section of your application).
  • Unofficial transcript: Please upload all of your undergraduate and graduate unofficial transcripts.
  • Personal Statement: Please provide a 1-2 page statement of why you are interested in receiving specialized training in applied behavior analysis.
  • One Letter of Recommendation

Program website, click here.

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Karen O’Connor

Dr. Casey Clay
Phone: (573) 884-6052
Address: Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri, 205 Portland St. Columbia, MO 65211