Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis Admission Requirements


Admission Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in one of these areas:
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Counseling
    • Mental health
    • Social work
    • Social science
    • Other (considered for admission on a case-by-case basis)
      Note: Although we require only a bachelor’s degree for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis program, we recommend that you have already earned or are working toward a master’s degree if you plan on earning the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) in their undergraduate and graduate-level work from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution for full admission.

NOTE: Preference is given to individuals who currently work in an environment where skills in behavior analysis are used, valued, and supported.

Application Requirements

  • Completed University of Cincinnati Graduate School online application
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • At least two letters of recommendation (preferably at least one that speaks to the applicant’s academic skills)
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Brief goal statement describing the applicant’s interest in behavior analysis and professional goals
  • Pre-registration packet


International Students

English proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
    • Paper: 580
    • Computer: 237
    • Internet: 92
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 overall ban score
  • Minimum PTE score: 47
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree at an English-speaking college/university
  • Completion of Level 112 of English instruction at an ELS Language Center


Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

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