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Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track

Credentialing Track

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 4 Years Full-Time (Post-Master’s)

Students who have not acquired the appropriate Master’s degree—or have not satisfied the academic requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)—but who are still interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), may enter this Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Credentialing Track program at the Master’s point of entry. Applied […]

Students who have not acquired the appropriate Master’s degree—or have not satisfied the academic requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)—but who are still interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), may enter this Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Credentialing Track program at the Master’s point of entry.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provides the groundwork for providing systematic interventions in order to promote positive changes in socially significant behaviors, including academics, social skills, and adaptive skills. Graduates of our Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis programs have gone on to make a significant impact in a variety of fields, including:

  • Business
  • Educational
  • Clinical
  • Nonprofit
  • Government agencies

Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities while studying for their applied behavior analysis degree. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.
The ABA program is offered at our flagship campus, where The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis is a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. This course teaches students how to produce socially significant behavior change in applied settings using basic concepts and principles from the experimental analysis of behavior.

Assessment and Intervention

In this course, students learn how to conduct assessments, review assessment data, develop function-based interventions, and to make data-based decisions.

Eligible applicants having the required Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board will be prepared to sit for the credentialing examination upon completion of the Credentialing Track curriculum. Eligible applicants who do not have the required Master’s degree will be prepared and eligible to sit for the credentialing examination upon completion of the Credentialing Track curriculum upon conferral of the Ph.D. degree.

Students completing the M.S. ABA program as part of the 5-year post-baccalaureate Ph.D. program will complete a portion of supervised fieldwork required to seek the BCBA® credential. Students are responsible for completing the other portion of supervised fieldwork outside of the ABA program.

Students applying to the Ph.D. in, Behavior Analysis Specialization program must submit the following:

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Students applying to the Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis: Credentialing Track must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each).
    • Describe the areas of applied behavior analysis that most interest you – including your professional goals – and how those interests developed. How will completion of the doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis facilitate achieving your professional goals?
    • As a behavior analyst, you are likely to work and study with people from many different backgrounds. Tell us some of the challenges you see studying and working with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program (post‐Master’s) is open to any person who has earned a Master’s degree as specified below from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. The school admits applicants whom it judges to possess sufficient academic aptitude, as well as the emotional and social maturity to function effectively as a professional behavior analyst. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to engage in graduate work.

Factors considered in admission are:

  • Undergraduate and any graduate coursework
  • GPA from undergraduate and graduate schools
  • Successful work history
  • Admission essay(s)
  • Letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors

An undergraduate or graduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the school’s Applied Behavior Analysis doctoral program.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.

Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. post‐Master’s must fall into one of these three categories:

  • Category A: Have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and hold a current BCBA® certification in good standing.
  • Category B: Have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and have completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list.
  • Category C: Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and have not completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list. Students admitted upon category C will be required to successfully complete the Credentialing Track requirements (28 credits).

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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