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Post-Master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysts Improve Lives and Communities

Behavior analysts assess and treat behavioral, communication, developmental, and learning disorders/disabilities. Behavior analysts work in lots of settings including providing care in schools, clinics, homes, hospitals, and everyday workplaces. ABA has become recognized as an empirically supported treatment for individuals with autism and is covered by insurance companies as a medically necessary form of therapy in most states.

School of Education and School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The new Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) in Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate in ABA) program is housed jointly between the School of Education and the Department of Psychology in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. As a result of the interdisciplinary structure of the program, students have the unique opportunity to learn from professors with diverse experiences in ABA. Students have access to basic and translational researchers in behavioral science, as well as applied practitioners of behavioral principles who have experience in early intensive behavioral intervention, severe behavior disorders, and classroom management. Further, the Mount is an inclusive environment in which individuals and groups are welcomed, supported, and valued.

We're committed to making it easy for you to help you quickly advance your career while maintaining a full time employment.

  • Our classroom instruction can be received in person on our Frederick, Maryland campus or online (asynchronous) via Zoom.
  • Our classes can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, meeting only once a week outside of traditional work hours.
  • Our course sequence can be completed in 15 months; however, a part time sequence is also available.
  • Our faculty are nationally recognized experts with diverse experience in the practice of ABA
  • Our resources are available to aid in your success, such as our Supervising Faculty for Fieldwork Supervision, Career Center, library and Learning Services.

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Coursework and Format

The Mount's Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) in Applied Behavior Analysis (Graduate Certificate in ABA) is a 7 course, 21-credit certificate that aligns with the growing demand for skilled professionals in education and the health professions. The PMC is designed for individuals who have a master’s degree in in other fields, such as education or psychology, but are looking to complete courses in ABAI’s Verified Course Sequence (VCS). Candidates may complete their education either complete their education in person at our Frederick, Maryland campus or online (asynchronous) via Zoom.

Verified Course Sequence

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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 will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Course Sampling

  • Principles and Concepts of Behavior Analysis
  • Ethical and Professional Conduct
  • Behavior Assessment
  • Behavior Intervention
  • Research Design, Measurement and Data Analysis
  • Behavior Theory and Philosophy
  • Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management & Supervision
  • Fieldwork Supervision (not part of the VCS sequence)
  • Electives focused on skills that will help you manage and advance your career (not part of the VCS sequence)
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Becoming a board certified behavior analyst embodies the idea of living compassionately and making a meaningful impact on your community. Being a student in our programs means you will have rigorous training from highly experienced professors, who adapt their mentoring to match your goals and care about their graduates leading lives of significance.

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D. Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program / Assistant Professor

Career Opportunities

A strong and growing demand for Applied Behavior Analysts

Market analysis indicates that the need for national licensed behavior analysts is growing in Maryland, regionally and nationally. According to the most recent report of the US Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts, annual demand for BCBAs has increased about 800% from 2010 to 2017. This new program, by virtue of the interdisciplinary nature, will prepare behavior analysts for positions in education, hospital-based mental health, and community based mental health.

According to market research,1 this increase in regional and statewide demand for master’s-level ABA professionals indicates a strong job market for program graduates. Employer demand for master’s-level ABA professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region increased from 312 to 681 postings over the last two years (i.e., a 118 percent increase.) In addition, statewide demand for master’s-level ABA professionals rose from 26 to 55 postings during this period (i.e., a 112 percent increase).

Career Paths

Use your skills and knowledge from the Mount to pursue a career as an applied behavior analyst in positions such as:

  • School/District Based Behavior Analyst
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Behavior Analyst Consultant
  • Clinical Director of Center or a Clinic
  • Case-Manager for Home-Based Care
  • Wellness Coach
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • OR start your own practice, center, or clinic to serve your community.

1Market research conducted by EAB in partnership EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists International).

From resume analysis to job search tools to networking with alumni, the Career Center is available through every step of your professional journey.

Career Center
U.S. Job Growth 800% US employment demand for BCBAs has increased about 800% from 2010 to 2017.
Annual Salary ~$80,000 Top yearly BCBA salaries in the Mid-Atlantic region exceed $100,000 and the average yearly salary is approximately $80,000 according to online job sites.
Mid-Atlantic Job Growth 118% Employer demand for master’s-level ABA professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region increased from 312 to 681 postings over the last two years.

Designed to fit your life

Flexibility and efficiency are the cornerstones of graduate programs at the Mount, which are designed to give you the freedom and control to balance work, family, and school. Every aspect of the PMC program is geared to help you earn your degree including:

  1. Courses that can be taken in person or online (asynchronous).
  2. Course times that are designed not to interfere with traditional work hours.
  3. Classes that meet only once a week during the academic year; Twice a week in the summer.
  4. A full-time course sequence that can be completed in 15 months.
  5. A part-time course sequence is available.

The Mount also offers a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • Cost is based on 21 credits (seven (7) classes) at $700 per credit.

Tuition represents 2023-24 rates, effective July 1, 2023. Tuition is subject to change without notice. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the Mount’s graduate programs may seek assistance through federal and state-funded programs. To qualify for financial aid, students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis, i.e., at least three (3) credits per semester. Most financial aid will be in the form of deferred student loans, though some students may be eligible to receive state scholarships and/or grants.

The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college.

Questions about financial aid? Contact Director of Applied Behavioral Analysis Program / Assistant Professor Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D. to learn more.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Admissions & Application

Admission to the program is rolling, which means we accept applications at any time of the year. Classes for the program begin in August; submitting your application six weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision.

  • Classes begin: August.
  • Admissions acceptance: Rolling.
  • No application fee.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned the following to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA):

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • PMC applicants must also hold a master’s degree in in behavior analysis, education or psychology.

Application Process

A complete application includes the following:

  • Free online application.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended.

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Contact us to Learn More

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director of Applied Behavioral Analysis Program
119 Coad Science Building
Mount St. Mary’s University
(301) 447-5143

Meet Our Faculty

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.

Griffin W. Rooker, BCBA, Ph.D.

Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program / Assistant Professor

Kwadwo Britwum

Kwadwo Britwum, Ph.D.

Assistant Director / Assistant Professor

Rebecca Correll, Ph.D.

Rebecca Correll, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


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