Applied Behavior Analysis

Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The certificate program complements the existing MA in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. The MA degree is for those individuals who have little or no prior education in Applied Behavior Analysis and need all the courses in the MA. The certificate program enhances the existing Ed.S. degree in School Psychology. Graduates of the Ed.S. program have taken many of the courses required for the BCBA but generally are missing 2-3 courses and the supervised practicum experience. The certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis will allow these individuals to pursue an additional degree that will increase their marketability in educational and service agencies.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance, Ph.D.

Program Website:


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: N/A

 Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
  • 500 for the written TOEFL
  • 173 for the computer-based TOEFL
  • 61 for the internet-based TOEFL
  • 5.5 on the IELTS
  • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, a major or a minor (or at least a 15 credit concentration) in psychology, education, or a related area, plus at least one 3 credit course in research methods or statistics.
  • Statement of purpose: a 1000-word essay describing why they seek admission to this program
  • one letter of recommendation.

Students enrolled in other UNO master’s degree programs must submit another graduate application for the ABA certificate program.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Required Courses (12 hours)

Select any four (4) courses from the list below: in order to enroll in each course, students must obtain instructor approval and permit prior to registration.  All courses for the certificate must be completed with grades of "B" or better.
PSYC 9040Proseminar: Learning

3 credits

PSYC 8550Psychotherapeutic Interventions

3 credits

PSYC 8576Behavior Analysis and Interventions

3 credits

PSYC 8800Ethics and Law for Psychologists


PSYC 9570Applied Behavior Analysis

3 credits

PSYC 9100Small n Research Designs

3 credits

PSYC 9574Laboratory in Applied Behavior Analysis

3 - 6 credits

Total Credit Hours:21-24
All courses with the exception of PSYC 9574, are taken as 3 credits in the MA program, PSYC 9574 is taken for 6 credits.  

Exit Requirement

Students must create a portfolio containing a sample project from practicum.  A portfolio review will be conducted by the student's advisor before the certificate is awarded. 

Special Performance Quality Rule

If at any time two grades of "C+" or below, (2.33 on a 4.0 scale) in graduate courses become a matter of record, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology will be placed on departmental probation. An unexcused grade of "W" in a proseminar course will be considered equivalent to a grade of "C+" for purposes of this policy. An excused "W" must be approved by the chair of the department of psychology. Students placed on this probation will forfeit any departmental graduate assistantship they may have and any approved programs of study will be subject to re-evaluation and change. Before registering for additional courses, a student placed on probation must, with the assistance and approval of his/her advisor, submit a plan for remediation of his/her academic problems, and have that plan approved by the Graduate Program Committee. The Graduate Program Committee will review and, if appropriate, modify the plan. Further, any enrollment in graduate courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee. The student will remain on departmental probation until the Graduate Program Committee approves termination of probation status.