While a master’s degree from an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified program is one way to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), some who wish to work in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) may choose to earn a doctorate degree instead. There are several doctorate programs that are verified by the ABA, which allow those who complete them to become eligible for the BCBA-D credential. The BCBA-D credential does not come with any additional privileges over a BCBA credential, but does demonstrate that the holder has completed additional studies related to behavior analysis.
Interested in earning a doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis? Below is a list of programs that you can apply to. You can also check out our guide to ABA master’s programs and certificates for those who hold a master’s in a field other than ABA.
Last Updated: July 2022. List of programs has been gathered via listings on the Association for Behavior Analysis International website. Be sure to check the program’s website for the most up to date information. All approved doctorate programs that were still active on their university websites were included.
|Chicago School of Professional Psychology||PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis||Chicago||Illinois||Hybrid||Doctoral|
|Chicago School of Professional Psychology||Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis||Richardson||Texas||On Campus or Online||Doctoral|
|Chicago School of Professional Psychology||PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis||Washington||District of Columbia||Hybrid||Doctoral|
|Columbia University Teachers College||PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis||New York||New York||On Campus or Online||Doctoral|
|Endicott College||PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis||Beverly||Massachusetts||Online||Doctoral|
|Florida Institute of Technology||PhD Behavior Analysis Degree||Melbourne||Florida||On Campus||Doctoral|
|La Sierra University||EdD In School Psychology With an Emphasis in Behavior Analysis||Riverside||California||On Campus||Doctoral|
|Louisiana State University||Doctorate in School Psychology||Baton Rouge||Louisiana||On Campus||Doctoral|
|Marquette University||PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis||Milwaukee||Wisconsin||On Campus||Doctoral|
|Nova Southeastern University||EdD with concentration in Special Education, Emphasis ABA||Ft. Lauderdale||Florida||Online||Doctoral|
|Simmons University||PhD in Behavior Analysis||Boston||Massachusetts||Online||Doctoral|
|Tennessee Technological University||Exceptional Learning PhD, Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration||Cookeville||Tennessee||On Campus||Doctoral|
|University of Florida||Doctorate in Behavior Analysis||Gainesville||Florida||On Campus||Doctoral|
|University of Memphis||EdD in Applied Behavior Analysis||Memphis||Tennessee||Hybrid||Doctoral|
|University of South Florida||Applied Behavior Analysis, PhD||Tampa||Florida||On Campus||Doctoral|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Psychology (School Psychology) – Doctorate||Hattiesburg||Mississippi||On Campus||Doctoral|
|West Virginia University||PhD in Psychology – Behavior Analysis||Morgantown||West Virginia||On Campus||Doctoral|
|Western Michigan University||PhD in Behavior Analysis||Kalamazoo||Michigan||On Campus||Doctoral|