Admission to the ABA Program

Successful candidates for admission to the ABA Certificate Program or Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis must have a bachelor’s degree (which can be in any discipline), a strong academic background, and show potential to contribute to the field.  Once the application is complete, an interview for admission will be scheduled.  Interviews are in a small group format with a few applicants meeting with the Program Director.

In order to be eligible to sit for the certification examination as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), graduates must possess a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, or (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) approved course sequence.  Since Antioch University New England’s ABA Certificate Program is a BACB approved course sequence, then students who do not already possess a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline can, with a few additional credits, turn the ABA Certificate Program into a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Additional requirements exist for eligibility to sit for the BCBA examination.  These can be complicated, so applicants are encouraged to seek clarification by  attending a Visiting Day, reading the Behavior Analyst Certification Board BCBA eligibility standards or contacting the ABA Program Director.

Applying for Internship or Independent Field Study

To apply for certification, student must complete a BCBA®-supervised internship or independent field study (1000 hours for BCaBA certification and 1500 hours for BCBA certification; this is approximately 10 to 30 hours per week.) You can use your job as your independent field study site as long as it meets established requirements including supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®). If your job does not meet these requirements, Antioch University New England can arrange for an internship near your home.

At the time of your admissions interview, you will be informed of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board requirements for certification as a BACB. During the interview discussion can happen on whether your employment is appropriate as a Supervised Independent Fieldwork for gaining Behavior Analyst Certification Board experience hours, whether you need different employment, or whether you need an internship arranged by Antioch University New England.

Application Materials

  • Completed Application
  • Current Resumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study
  • Three letters of recommendation using the Recommendation Form
  • $50 application fee

Once your application is complete, you will be contacted for an interview.

ABA Graduation Requirement
Students in the program in Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program need to have taken a 3-credit course in human development or equivalent within the last 10 years. This is not an admissions requirement, but a graduation requirement. Students may do the course at the same time as the ABA Certificate Program curriculum. Those who intend to earn the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis should complete the human development requirement as part of their masters degree curriculum.

This course may be taken at Antioch University New England from the Departments of Applied Psychology or Education, on a space available basis, or you may take this course with another university or online.