• Advance your career: There is a nationwide demand for behavior analysts.
  • Online program with personal contact: You can choose to attend class online or in person. Classes are held in real time, so whether you attend online or on campus, you’ll connect with your professors and classmates.
  • Reduced e-tuition: Out-of-state students benefit from a low e-tuition rate that is 46% less than the standard out-of-state tuition. Maine residents benefit from the lower in-state tuition.
  • Flexible schedule: Courses are held in the late afternoon and early evening, 4:00-7:00 PM ET or 5:00-8:00 PM ET, to accommodate working professionals.
  • Streamlined admissions: We offer rolling admissions with program start dates in the fall, spring, and summer. There is no GRE requirement.
  • ABAI-Verified Course Sequence: Our Verified Course Sequences align with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) Fifth Edition Task List.
  • Expert faculty: Our faculty are dually credentialed in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and school psychology, and they are also practitioners in their fields.

Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Program Completion: 2 years, on average.
  • Course Load: 1-2 courses each semester, in the fall, spring, and summer.

Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Program Completion: 2 years, on average.
  • Course Load: 2 courses each semester, in the fall, spring, and summer.

Our online courses are offered in a synchronous format, which means you’ll meet with your professor and classmates in real time each week.

Because professors teach some classes live, while streaming to online learners, students in the Southern Maine area can choose to attend class in person on our Gorham campus.

Our curriculum addresses the applications of evidence-based behavioral strategies to promote academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success for all school-aged children, pre-K through grade 12.

Our students learn to:

  • Conduct behavioral assessments
  • Design interventions that facilitate the acquisition of prosocial skills and the reduction of behaviors that interfere with learning.
  • Implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Provide behavior analytic consultation and supervision services.

Our faculty are experienced clinicians who hold professional credentials in both applied behavior analysis (ABA) and school psychology. As faculty advisors, they serve as professional mentors to students throughout the program of study.

Along with their extensive experience providing behavior-analytic services to school-aged children, our core faculty members are frequently published; they co-authored the 2019 Guilford Press publication, Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments.

Both our graduate certificate and master’s program include an ABAI Verified Course Sequence that aligns with the BACB Fifth Edition Task List.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

  • SPY 601: 45 hours in Concepts and Principles
  • SPY 602: 45 hours in Measurements, Data Display and Interpretation, and Experimental Design
  • SPY 604: 45 hours in Behavior Assessment
  • SPY 605: 15 hours in Concepts and Principles; 30 hours in Behavior Change Procedures and Selecting and Implementing Interventions
  • SPY 606: 6 hours in Philosophical Underpinnings; 9 hours in Concepts and Principles; and 30 hours in Behavior Change Procedures and Selecting and Implementing Interventions
  • SPY 607: 1 hour in BACB Compliance Code and Disciplinary Systems; 3 hours in Philosophical Underpinnings; 12 hours in Concepts and Principles; 2 hours in Measurements, Data Display and Interpretation, and Experimental Design; 3 hours in Behavior Assessment; 13 hours in Behavior-Change Procedures and Selecting and Implementing Interventions; 3 hours in Personnel Supervision and Management
  • SPY 608: 45 hours in BACB Compliance Code and Disciplinary Systems and Professionalism
  • SPY 640: 37 hours in Personnel Supervision and Management

About the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) and Credentialing.

The BACB credentials professionals as Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®). BACB standards are the basis for most behavior analyst licensure laws in the United States. To learn about state-specific licensure laws, visit the BACB® website.

Eligibility Requirements for BCBA® Credentialing.

To be eligible for BCBA® credentialing via the coursework pathway, individuals must

  • Earn an acceptable graduate degree
  • Complete acceptable behavior-analytic coursework
  • Complete acceptable supervised fieldwork in behavior analysis
  • Earn a passing score on the BCBA® examination

USM offers the required graduate degree and behavior-analytic coursework. Faculty also offer guidance on securing supervised fieldwork placements and preparing for the BCBA examination. Learn more about BACB certification.