UMass Boston

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations Graduate Sequence

The seven courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations graduate certificate program at the University of Massachusetts Boston are offered starting each September through July.  The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. The Verified Course Sequence (VCS) for UMass Boston is 51093.

The ABA Information Packet provides a detailed description of our current program, including course descriptions aligned with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)TM Task List 5 competencies, and instructions for applying to join the next fall’s cohort. The course sequence starts only in the fall; except in special circumstances, students should apply for the fall semester.The program requires that each participant have in place a BCBA supervisor during their coursework.  

In addition to completing the 7-course ABA certificate, participants have the option of applying graduate credits earned in the ABA certificate program towards the Master’s in Education: Learning, Teaching, and Educational Transformation (non-licensure).  

Advanced ABA-related Courses

Advanced ABA-related courses currently offered in the MEd:LTET program:

SPE G 661  Autism Spectrum Disorder: Foundations & Characteristics

ABA 661  Behavior Analytic Approaches to Psychological Disorders

ABA 662  Culturally Responsive Practices in ABA

ABA 663  Designing Behavior Analytic Research

ABA 664  Implementing Behavior Analytic Research

ABA 665  Verbal Behavior

If you have already been accepted into the MEd in LTET or any other graduate degree program at UMass Boston, or have graduated from such a program in the last year, and wish to apply to the ABA Graduate Certificate Program, please send the Additional Program Form to the Program Director of the ABA Graduate Certificate Program ( Also email the Program Director or Program Administrator with

1. a few paragraphs regarding why you are interested in adding the ABA Graduate Certificate

2. the AIS form about your current work situation and potential to be supervised

Please contact the program administrator with any questions you have after reviewing the ABA Information Packet.


Jill Tilton
ABA Administrator
Center for Social Development and Education