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ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis

Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), provided by individuals trained in the principles of behavioral analysis, can help individuals including those with autism to learn specific skills such as how to communicate, develop relationships, play, care for themselves, learn in school, succeed at work, and participate fully and productively in family and community activities, regardless of their age. ABA has a strong database of research to document its effectiveness with positive behavioral changes for this and other populations.

Oakland University's program - approved by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB) - offers specific courses in behavioral principles and techniques that fulfill course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Applicants will also be required to pass the exam required by the BACB in order to earn certification.  For more detailed information about the BCBA designation, please visit

We are now accepting applications to begin in Winter 2016 (for those who already have a board-approved master's degree).
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Admission Criteria
  • Possession of a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology OR (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence   BACB
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher   
  • Participation in an Overview Meeting may be required
  • A Personal Interview may be required
  • Potential for success in the program
Below are the 10 courses in the ABA program, with a link to download the course description and abbreviated syllabus.

SE 570: Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
SE 511: Practicum - Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

SE 571: Behavioral Assessment
SE 512: Practicum - Behavioral Assessment

SE 572: Treatment Planning
SE 513: Practicum - Treatment Planning

SE 573: Research Methods
SE 514: Practicum - Research Methods

SE 574: Ethics
SE 515: Practicum - Ethics
Winter 2015 cohort
Oakland University Main Campus
Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
Winter 2014 cohort
Beaumont Hospital HOPE Center
1695 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 120
Berkley, MI  48072
How to
Our next cohort is scheduled to begin in  Winter 2016 . Completed applications are good for one calendar year.  For future cohorts, please contact Susan Martino below with any questions regarding the application process.

ABA Faculty Program Coordinators
  • Dr. Janet Graetz, Advising & Admissions    |   (248) 370-2620

  • Dr. Jessica Korneder (BCBA), Course Instructor, Practicum Advising   |   (248) 370-3080

For application questions, please contact