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Online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate

The Regis College ABA program also offers a certificate option for students who already have a graduate degree and want to specialize in applied behavior analysis. The certificate program provides a flexible option to complete coursework to fulfill course requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) certification exam (5th edition standards).

The ABA certificate program can be completed across 3 semesters and students may elect to take the two practicum courses in conjunction with 1,500-2,000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork (hours required for BCBA licensure). It includes specialized training in the practice of applied behavior analysis. The curriculum was designed to teach students the techniques and treatment approaches needed to analyze and improve behavior barriers. ABA treatment and intervention plans will ultimately help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.

Our online Applied Behavior Analysis program is designed to be interactive, flexible, and thorough covering topics such as concepts and principles of ABA, treatment evaluations, behavior assessments, and more. We combine research and hands-on experience to educate students starting out or seeking advancement in the field.


Min. Length: 12 months
Total Credits: 21

Application Deadlines:
Summer: 4/4/2024

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 4/29/2024

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Certificate option time to complete is 12 months

ABA Post-Master’s Certificate

The post master’s certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a 21-credit, ABAI-verified course sequence designed for professionals who already hold a master’s degree in ABA, Education or Psychology and wish to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA®).

Online Post-Masters Certificate

For professionals who have already earned their master’s in ABA, psychology, or education.1 This certificate requires completion of seven courses. Students may elect to take two practicum courses in conjunction with 1,500 – 2,000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork.

1Applicants with any master’s degree that falls outside a master’s in ABA, psychology, or education, (even minor deviations like MS in Counseling Psychology or MA in Educational Leadership) must provide written confirmation from the BACB that their degree will be considered acceptable. Applicants will need to complete a field of study evaluation by the BACB prior to applying to or matriculating in the certificate program.


The ABA certificate curriculum at Regis College was designed for students to learn the fundamentals and specialize in applied behavior analysis. Focus is placed on applied coursework, practical experience, and post-graduation certification.



Many behavior analysts are employed by residential and outpatient treatment facilities, schools, child care centers, and hospitals. They help parents, teachers, and school administrators analyze behavior, develop behavior plans, and train parents and staff to implement the plans.

New England Commission of Higher Education

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified that the program curriculum meets the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam or the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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Behavior Analysts are in demand

Demand for BCBA/BCBA-D® certified professionals increased by approximately 800% from 2010 to 2017, with increases seen in nearly every state.* Most recently, the federal government signed the Autism Care Act in 2019**, which includes $1.8 billion in funding. The influx of new attention and funding will likely increase research efforts and support through ABA treatment and services.



Regis Autism Center

The Regis College campus is home to the Autism Center that works in collaboration with the Regis Children’s Center. The Regis Autism Center provides Applied Behavior Analysis services for young children focused on integration with their peers in the Children’s Center. All behavior therapists working at the Autism Center are current graduate students in the Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Meet Our Faculty

Program Objectives

  1. Explain the causes of behavior from assessment of behavior to intervention in both scientific and layman’s terms.
  2. Create effective measurement procedures for culturally sensitive behavioral targets.
  3. Conduct a variety of indirect assessments, skills assessments, and functional behavioral assessments and interpret the results.
  4. Design effective, empirically validated programs based on assessment results.
  5. Interpret visual displays of data across a variety of single-subject designs.
  6. Train caregivers, including staff and parents, to implement culturally sensitive, empirically validated interventions.
  7. Supervise behavior analytic interventions.
  8. Demonstrate ethical and culturally competent treatment of all individuals.
  9. Provide comprehensive care using multidisciplinary collaboration.

Program Mission

In alignment with the mission of Regis College, we strive to uphold an inclusive and diverse Regis ABA community where every student and alumnus feels supported and connected. The ABA programs provide students with a historical and current scientific framework for interpreting and applying the science as future professionals in the field of behavior analysis, with the goal of delivering expert, socially significant service.

Department Mission

Regis College’s School of Health Sciences is proud to offer our programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), including the Master of Science in ABA and Certificate in ABA, our comprehensive, high-quality educational ABA programs housed within the Department of Applied Behavior Analysis. Through a combination of coursework and supervised fieldwork experience, the ABA programs equip students with the knowledge and experience needed to become competent, professional clinicians proficient in the research and practice of ABA. The rigorous curriculum prepares students for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and combines students’ personal and professional goals, personalized mentorship, and advanced professional training.

Programs applying for master’s-level accreditation or re-accreditation must publicly display the following information.

Annual reporting period: 2022 (2022-01-01 – 2022-12-31)
Number of students whose degrees were conferred by the program: MS in ABA: 28
Certificate in ABA: 5
Median years until graduation for students whose degrees were conferred by the program: MS in ABA: 2 years
Certificate in ABA: 1 year
Number of students enrolled in the program:  115 (Certificate: 14, MS: 101)
Number of students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of degree: 17 (Certificate: 4, MS: 13) – including Hiatus of leave of absence, dismissal, withdrawal, withdrawal-administrative
Number of completed applications received: 
Number of students admitted:
Number of first-time candidates sitting for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination: 2022:  Unknown
Percentage of first-time candidates passing the BCBA certification examination: Unknown
Number of graduates obtaining a master’s-level state license as a behavior analyst: Unknown
Median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for applicants admitted (reported on a four-point scale):
Median standardized test scores:  N/A

Ways to save on your tuition

Employee Discounts

Regis Partner Employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts

Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

Alumni Discounts

Regis Alumni who have received a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Financial Aid

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Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

ABA Podcast: Leading Perspectives from Regis Faculty

If you are interested in learning more about ABA, check out the ABA Inside Track podcast (also available on most streaming platforms). It is co-hosted by the Regis on-campus program director and assistant professor, Jacquelyn MacDonald and Regis faculty member, Dr. Diana Parry-Cruwys. The podcast provides lively conversations between three board-certified behavior analysts® on emerging topics in the industry and the research advancing the field.