Behavior Analysis : Online


Why study Behavior Analysis : Online?

Behavior Analysis applies the basic principles of behaviorism to examine human behavior and develop and implement effective plans to change behavior. Professionals with training in behavior analysis work in a variety of educational and clinical settings to help individuals with behavior and learning problems. To learn more about UC's online Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis, please visit

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in areas related to Applied Behavior Analysis, Education, Psychology, or other related degrees
  • No GRE required for the certificate program
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours)
  • Preference is given to individuals who currently work in an environment where skills in behavior analysis are used

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Individuals who wish to make a difference and advance professionally in an educational or clinical setting would most benefit from the online Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis. This program will help professionals working with individuals with behavior or learning problems.

Interest in the field of behavior analysis has increased steadily. According to the Association for Behavior Analysis International, behavior analysis is capable of producing remarkable results in classroom learning.

Individuals with appropriate training and credentialing in behavior analysis are prepared to take on a variety of positions in school, clinical, and residential settings serving individuals with special needs. In addition, with training in behavior analysis, individuals may choose to take positions as consultants with agencies serving these populations. Further, with increased focus on the identification and treatment of individuals with autism, individuals with training in behavior analysis are in greater demand.

Students enrolled in the online Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis receive support from the very first moment they inquire about the program through graduation. An Enrollment Advisor is available to answer questions and guide future students through the application process. Once a student is accepted into the program, a Program Manager works directly with the student to register for courses, acquire the appropriate course materials & textbooks, and keep students informed about graduation and other topics relevant to the program.

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  • The program is grounded in the ethical and best practices recommended by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and is designed to expand students’ skills in the core competencies of applied behavior analysis.
  • The program addresses a wide array of behaviors associated with a variety of disability categories in both educational and clinical settings.
  • The program addresses the specific and comprehensive use of learning principles, such as operant and respondent learning. It also has an emphasis on prevention and early intervention.
  • Courses highlight the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the provision of assessment and intervention services.
  • Coursework will provide students with the required knowledge in core areas of behavior analysis including:
    • Behavioral assessment;
    • Functional behavior assessment/analysis;
    • Intervention for academic and behavior problems;
    • Data-based decision making and single-case design research methodology; and
    • Ethical standards for practice.

In order to complete the online Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.

International students must prove English proficiency prior to being admitted. English proficiency can be documented in several ways. The most common way is by providing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The TOEFL score must meet University, College, and Departmental requirements prior to being admitted including minimum scores of 580 (paper test), 237 (computer test), and 92 (internet test).

Any TOEFL score not meeting a departmental requirement must be waived by the Department Head or Graduate Program Director. However, any TOEFL score not meeting the University minimum requirement of 520 (paper test), 190 (computer test), or 68 (internet test) must be approved for a waiver from the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Please be advised that some students may send computer based test scores, while others the traditional paper test or the new internet based test. English proficiency can also be documented with a 6.5 overall ban score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). English proficiency can further be demonstrated with a 47 on the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). Finally, English proficiency can be demonstrated by completing a bachelor’s degree at an English speaking college/university or by completing Level 112 of English instruction at ELS Language Centers.

Application Deadlines

The online master's degree program in Foundations in Behavior Analysis accepts applications three times each year — Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please visit for specific application deadlines.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
  • At for-profit institutions: All Title-IV eligible instructional programs, degree and non-degree.

Contact Information

James Hawkins
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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Program Code: 18GC-BEHAN-GC-.BEHAN-DL