Supplemental content for Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
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
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
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.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- 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 electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
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.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International 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. Only applicants with 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 admission to a graduate program.
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.