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Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The ABA Certificate is designed to meet the needs of multiple populations. If you’re a post-baccalaureate graduate who is not intending to pursue a graduate degree, a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking student who wants to develop job-specific skills in applied behavior analysis, or a graduate interested in pursuing some of the coursework that could allow you to seek certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) or a Board Certified Behavior Behavior Analyst (BCBA), this certificate will help you reach your goals. Currently, UTSA is the only institution within Bexar County or the surrounding area to offer this type of certificate to students.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

For international students, please note that student visas are not issued at UTSA for non-degree-seeking students, including certificate programs. For more information, visit our international students admission page.

Applied Behavior Analysis (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 562 TOEFL Paper / 84 TOEFL Internet / 7 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries). Scores are currently waived for this program for the 2022-23 academic year.
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply using 2021-22 Graduate Application Apply using 2022-23 Graduate Application

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Applied Behavior Analysis (CERT)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
International June 1 October 1 Not Available
Domestic August 1 October 1 Not Available

Funding Opportunities

  • Most graduate courses are offered in the evening from 5:30- 8:15 p.m.
  • All behavior analysis courses are offered at the Downtown Campus

Graduate Advisor of Record

Hannah MacNaul, PhD


Student Development Specialist

Samantha Sifuentes