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Applied Behavior Analysis

Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track

Credential Track

  • San Diego, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 4 Years Full-Time (Post-Master’s)

The Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track trains students to contribute to applied-practice settings in addition to the behavior-analytic scholarly and political communities. This program provides a comprehensive understanding of science and philosophy, the experimental analysis of behavior, applied Behavior Analysis, and service delivery. Graduates are prepared to address a range of issues and problems, […]

The Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track trains students to contribute to applied-practice settings in addition to the behavior-analytic scholarly and political communities. This program provides a comprehensive understanding of science and philosophy, the experimental analysis of behavior, applied Behavior Analysis, and service delivery.

Graduates are prepared to address a range of issues and problems, and to design, implement, and test practical effective solutions that work in the real world in a variety of settings, including:

  • Business
  • Educational
  • Clinical
  • Nonprofit
  • Government agencies

This program is designed for students who wish to pursue their Ph.D. ABA in an accredited ABA program but have not yet acquired the appropriate Master’s degree or have not satisfied the academic requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis: San Diego Student Experience

The Chicago School has served Southern California for the better part of a decade. By providing exceptional programs in psychology and the related mental health sciences—including Clinical Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Marriage and Family Therapy—the programs at our San Diego Campus provide expanded access to students in diverse communities all throughout Southern California.

Maintaining partnerships with local organizations and clinical sites all through Southern California, our San Diego Campus gives students the opportunity to engage in hands-on training where they can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in real-world situations. By serving diverse and underserved neighborhoods and communities, students will develop a global worldview that can be applied to a career in any field.

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Observation and Measurement

This course addresses behavioral definition, data collection, inter-observer agreement, and data displays. Students learn to employ and evaluate various measurement and display techniques and to interpret data displays.

BCBA® Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Program Entry

Students that enroll in the post-baccalaureate Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program sequence complete all program requirements and can apply for the award of the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis degree as part of their Ph.D. program. Both the Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis and the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis are aligned with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB).  Applicants for BCBA® certification must meet additional requirements established by BACB® including application, examination, and background check.

Post-Master’s Program Entry

Students that have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the BACB®, but have not completed the BACB®-approved course sequence will meet degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task list) at the completion of the Credentialing Track curriculum requirements. 

State Professional Licensure

There may be state professional licensure requirements to practice applied behavior analysis. A state’s licensure board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking professional licensure and those requirements are subject to change. The following is professional licensure information as of the date of publication:

  • The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis, Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the BACB® in conjunction with BCBA® certification aligns with degree and certification requirements for professional licensure in Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
  • Graduation from the above listed degree programs aligns with degree requirements for professional licensure in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York. Note that candidates for licensure may be required to meet additional state requirements such as application, examination, and background check.    
  • A professional license is not required to practice behavior analysis in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. State laws on professional licensure are subject to change by their legislatures.      

It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any state not listed above.  The Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis may meet some or all of the requirements of states not listed, but additional state-specific approvals or coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements.  Some state licensing requirements include the following: completion of a master’s degree, post-graduate field work, certification as a board certified behavior analyst, examination, and application for license.

Due to recent and ongoing changes in state professional licensure of applied behavior analysis practitioners, students should contact the state board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure.  To assist with this research, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysists (APBA) publishes information regarding state licensure.

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.

Post Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program (post- baccalaureate) is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.  Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are: GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, the admission essay, and letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors. Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. 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.

Post-Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

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); and 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 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)

Based on the evaluation of these materials, selected candidates may be invited to interview for further consideration of their application. Applications must be submitted with the $50.00 (USD) application fee in order to be evaluated.

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