Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology - Applied Behavior Analysis

Kaplan University’s online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to provide you with the foundational skills to address complex behaviors, solve social problems, and responsibly moderate relationships between individuals, family members, or people in the community. Use of applied behavior analysis methods is widely recognized as an effective method of treating those with behavior disorders, such as children with autism and those who are affected by trauma.

  • "Behavior analysis" refers to the study of how people learn. "Applied" means using psychology rather than researching it.
  • Applied behavior analysis uses an individual understanding of people, how they learn, and what they need to devise behavioral interventions to help them succeed.

Work settings for behavior analysis professionals can include autism clinics, community mental health centers, home- and community-based settings, schools, adult day-training facilities, and child-welfare agencies, among others.* This bachelor’s degree could also be a stepping-stone for earning your master’s degree in psychology at Kaplan University.

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board,® Inc., (BACB®) has verified the course sequence of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis program as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination.‡

Following the coursework, you will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Visit BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements.

Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Kaplan University, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Kaplan University, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Kaplan University, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click  for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

A behavioral psychology degree from Kaplan University can prepare you to pursue a number of career opportunities in fields such as  education, developmental disabilities, mental health, and business.

Some possible career titles in this field include*:

  • Applied behavior support specialist
  • Assistant applied behavior analyst
  • Behavioral ABA technician

Kaplan University’s behavioral psychology degree program could also help prepare you for continued graduate-level education in psychology, which could significantly broaden your career opportunities.

Please note, the professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.



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What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum examines the major concepts, values, theories, studies, research methods, and historical trends in psychology as they apply to human behavior, learning, and development. Courses include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children
  • Personality Development
  • Exceptional Needs Children
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Program Design and Evaluation
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits117
  • Elective Credits30
  • Total Credits180

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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements in this program do not guarantee or prepare graduates for state licensure.

† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.

‡ The BACB verifies university training as meeting its eligibility requirements; it does not accredit university programs. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.