Applied Behavior Analysis Training Programs

Pursue your ABA certification and advance your career.

Prepare to sit for your Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentials with Marian’s online Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. Or further develop your skills and understanding of ABA therapies, behavioral challenges, and interventions in just three to four semesters by focusing on our core, non-degree, Verified Course Sequence (VCS) ABA courses.

Certification in ABA is an option for those who desire to enrich their careers. Future teachers and professionals who work directly with students and individuals that require additional support to develop socially appropriate behaviors utilize ABA therapies to reach desired outcomes.

ABAI_VCS_PROGRAM_2019The curriculum for each core ABA course is rooted in the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s fifth edition Task List, the definitive document for conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment. 

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. (Applicants must meet additional requirements before being deemed eligible for the examination.)

Marian's applied behavior analysis program

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis is:

  • an online, 33 credit-hour program that takes approximately two years to complete;
  • designed for those with a bachelor's degree who wish to pursue BCBA or BCaBA licensure and go beyond the seven core, VCS-approved behavioral science courses; and
  • a pathway to explore in-depth behavior assessments, interventions, and principles within the context of the optional ABA concentrations: School Consultation and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Non-degree, Core ABA Coursework is:

  • an online, 21-credit hour program that takes three to four semesters to complete;
  • designed for those who already possess a master's degree but wish to pursue BCBA or BCaBA licensure through the study of the seven core, VCS-approved behavioral science courses; and
  • a pathway to leveraging the principles, tools, and training of board certified behavior analysts to help those with maladjusted behaviors function in their environment.

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Why choose Marian?

Marian's ABA courses are taught by BCBAs who provide real-world connections to the content you will learn in these courses.

Coursework is rigorous and will prepare you for a career in the field of applied behavior analysis.

Instructors offer WebEx sessions multiple times per course for additional support, teaching, and mentoring.

Reputation and accreditation matter!

Most Innovative 2022 logoMarian University is ranked #2 Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities for 2022, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, Marian jumped one spot to #27 (out of 157) for Best Midwest Regional Universities.

You want a university with a great reputation, and one with a long and respected history. Marian University was founded in 1851 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Frequently asked questions

Contact Helen Buckley at or (317) 955-6400 with questions.