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BACB-verified Course Sequence in Behavior Analysis


The Opportunity

From special education to behavior therapy, to school administration and beyond, behavior analysts make a difference in the world. The University of Kansas is a pioneering institution in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Let our nationally respected program provide you with the necessary tools to advance your career with BACB certification.

The Certificate

The six-course cycle offered by The KU Department of Applied Behavioral Science fulfills the educational requirement to sit for the BACB certification examination. This all-online class format is tailored for busy professionals and graduate students, allowing you to get the quality instruction and preparation you need - on your schedule. 

These courses cover the philosophy, science and practice of behavior analysis. Students study the principles of behavior, and how those principles relate to the analysis of human behavior in different practical contexts. The course cycle can be completed in one calendar year, so you can quickly put your knowledge to work in the real world.

Program Format

This course cycle incorporates both synchronous and asynchronous delivery, with once-weekly required online classroom meetings. Complete coursework at your own pace, and discuss content with fellow students whenever and wherever you want. 

Course features:

  • Once-weekly “live” virtual classroom discussions with instructors
  • Recorded video and audio lectures
  • Online quizzes and readings


To sit for the BACB certification examination, applicants must fulfill specific educational and supervisory requirements. The KU online program fulfills the educational requirements. Students arrange their own supervision, with advice and support from KU faculty. During the program, faculty intermittently meet with students to review their supervision progress.

Unique Practicum Opportunities

KU offers unique practicums in collaboration with a prominent behavioral health service provider Behavioral Health Holdings, a leader in serving children with autism spectrum disorder, and KU recently joined forces to provide an exciting opportunity for online students to gain experience in the field. This new collaboration may save you time and money as it helps you streamline your required field experience for the BAC.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program can be seen here.

More Information

For more information about online behavior analysis programs at the University of Kansas, please complete the form in the top right corner of this page.

KU also offers a non-credit, online RBT exam prep course.


Course Descriptions:

ABSC 770 Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation (3 Hours)

ABSC 771 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3 Hours)

ABSC 850 Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 Hours) 

ABSC 851 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science (3 Hours)

ABSC 852 Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities (3 Hours)

ABSC 853 Functional Behavioral Assessment (3 Hours) 


Online BACB-approved course sequence example program schedule:




  • ABSC 850 
    Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • ABSC 851
    Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science. 
  • ABSC 770
    Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation
  • ABSC 771 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science
  • ABSC 852
    Behavior Analysis in Developmental 
  • ABSC 853
    Functional Behavioral Assessment



Admissions Requirements

The online BACB-approved course sequence is open to applicants who have a master’s degree (or higher) or are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program. Students who complete the certificate whose MA degrees are not in applied behavioral analysis, psychology or education are not eligible to sit for the BACB exam until January 2022. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the applicant's prior or current graduate program is preferred. Current KU graduate students will need instructor permission to enroll in courses. Applicants not currently enrolled in a KU degree program must submit the following:

  • An official transcript from both the undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Personal statement describing their interest in the program  
  • Two letters of reference


To apply, submit your materials through our online application. Select “Certificate Seeking,” under the “Application Intention” on Page 1 of the application. Then select “Applied Behavioral Science - Online,” and complete the form.

Application priority deadlines

Fall: August 7
Spring: January 15
Summer: May 1

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Liz Barton
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