Educational Psychology

Supplemental content for Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Admission Information

Applicant Qualifications

To be considered for admission to the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis program, applicants must possess a minimum of a graduate degree*. The degree must have been awarded by an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

 Students matriculated in the Master of Science in Special Education program at USM may apply for concurrent admission to the certificate program. Although these students may be admitted prior to completing MS degree requirements, the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis will not be awarded until MS degree requirements have been completed.  

*Students with any earned graduate degree may be admitted to the certificate program; however, students seeking to apply for BCBA certification prior to January 1, 2022 must have an earned graduate degree in education, psychology, or applied behavior analysis. 


Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round; however, the following priority deadlines apply:

  • Priority consideration for Spring matriculation: November 15
  • Priority consideration for Summer matriculation: March 15
  • Priority consideration for Fall matriculation: June 15

Students that apply by the priority deadline are given preference for space in the program.

Final deadlines are: August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester, April 15 for Summer semester


Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: A response to the following question: "Why do you seek training in applied behavior analysis?"
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree programs must be made under a separate cover.

International Applicants

The Certificate of Graduate Study programs are not eligible for a student visa (I-20) or scholarships. International students interested in enrolling in graduate programs that are eligible for a student visa should explore the masters and doctoral options offered at the University.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.

Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.