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Virginia Universities with Behavior Analysis Programs

The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium

The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis (VA-ABA) Consortium is a university-based partnership designed to provide participants with high quality graduate level coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and to prepare participants to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam if they choose. The VA-ABA Consortium is comprised of four cooperating Universities including George Mason UniversityLynchburg CollegeOld Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. These Universities have collaborated to create a unified consortium designed to prepare students to sit for the BCBA examination. The VA-ABA Consortium provides coursework in ABA and offers the supervised experience that is consistent with requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). Participants in the VA-ABA Consortium participate from their chosen university via web-conferencing software and have the ability to interact with participants and faculty from across Virginia.  For more information, please visit the Virginia ABA Consortium website or the VCU-ACE website.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution with over 4,300 students at campuses across the country (Chicago, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.) and online. At our Washington, D.C. campus, The Chicago school offers Graduate Certificate, M.S., and Ph.D. programs in Applied Behavior Analysis. Graduates of our Applied Behavioral Analysis programs are equipped with the skills to bring about socially significant behavior change through data-based decision making and program development. Guided by practitioner faculty, our students are challenged to become leaders in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and they gain experience and exposure in a wide variety of ABA applications and specialties.

Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University

The Behavior Analysis Training Programs at George Mason University started in 2001, and have grown from a single program to several options for those interested in studying applied behavior analysis.  For those interested in preparing to become BCaBAs, we offer a BACB approved Undergraduate Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis, consisting of four courses and a BACB approved practicum or intensive practicum, which can be taken in conjunction with any undergraduate major.  Those already holding bachelor’s degrees may take these courses as well, to meet BACB coursework requirements for the BCaBA examination.  We offer a BACB Approved Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, which consists of six courses, and which may be taken in conjunction with or after one has completed a Master’s degree in education or psychology, and may be taken along with our optional BACB approved Practicum and Intensive Practicum.  Those needing a masters degree may complete a Master’s in Special Education with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Our undergraduate courses are offered online, and all graduate courses are offered on-campus and online.  All graduate courses are taught by professors who are BCBA-Ds, and undergraduate courses are taught by both BCBAs and BCBA-Ds.  We collaborate with numerous providers in the DC Metropolitan area, around Virginia, and around the US to provide practicum opportunities for our students.  We welcome student participation in research, with current areas of interest including behavior analytic service to Wounded Warriors, stimulus equivalence, verbal behavior, classroom applications, and service to adults with a variety of disabilities.  For more information about our offerings, please visit, or contact Dr. Ted Hoch at

James Madison University

The two-year program consists of 6 content courses approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), 4th Task List and prepares students for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. The program was approved as a BACB course sequence in November 2013.

This is a collaborative program offered through the Department of Graduate Psychology and the Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (EFEX), which houses the special education programs.

EFEX and Graduate Psychology each admit a cohort of 4 students per year. The eight students in Psychology and EFEX take courses together. The Graduate Psychology students complete course requirements for a Master’s degree in Psychology, and the EFEX students complete course requirements for a Master’s degree in Special Education and a teaching license in one of the many special education degree programs offered at JMU. The Behavior Specialist program [EFEX] and Applied Behavior Analysis concentration [Graduate Psychology] consist of the following courses: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis, Single-Case Experimentation, Systematic Behavioral Intervention, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavioral Assessment, and Ethics and Professional Development in ABA. During graduate studies, students complete 1500 supervised hours in a variety of settings including, schools, clinics, and through in-home ABA providers.

For information about applying to the program through the Department of Graduate Psychology, please contact Dr. Trevor Stokes, BCBA-D at
For information about applying to the program through the Educational Foundations & Exceptionalities department, please contact Dr. Keri Bethune, BCBA-D at

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg College is part of the Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis (VA ABA) Consortium, which is comprised of four institutes of higher learning: George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Lynchburg College offers a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the end of the successful completion of six semesters of the BACB approved coursework sequence (ACS) as well as a Master’s degree option in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.

The Consortium’s primary goal is to provide teachers with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported teaching methodologies that they effectively use to meet the academic, social, and behavioral learning needs of diverse students. The Consortium’s secondary goal is to provide teachers with the educational and experiential requirements needed for them to sit for the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board ( BACB) Examination. The BACB approved course work sequence (ACS) is delivered via televised, video-streamed and web-based modalities over 6 six semesters. The courses are taught by faculty from the four Consortium institutions of higher education. Additional hours of internship are available through Lynchburg College. For more information on the ABA programs at Lynchburg College contact: Dr. Gena P. Barnhill BCBA-D, LBA at or 434-544-8771

Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin University offers several ABA coursework and program options.  Students pursuing, or who have, an undergraduate degree may take courses toward the BCaBA credential.  Students who have, or wish to pursue, a masters degree may take courses towards the BCBA or BCaBA credential.  MBU also offers a MEd degree with a concentration in ABA for students who want to complete the coursework toward the BCBA credential while earning a masters degree at the University. Currently, all coursework is only offered on the Staunton campus, though the program plans to launch an online option in Fall of 2019. Our ABA courses are all part of a BACB approved course sequence (ACS). We are able to assist our students in finding appropriate practicum sites for supervised independent fieldwork. The ABA coursework at MBU draws on experiences, examples, and applied research to prepare behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts for a variety of careers.  Our students have pursued occupations in disability services, early intervention, in-home behavioral therapy, special education, and athletic coaching.  Our courses draw not only students pursuing a BACB credential, but also include students who want to apply ABA technologies in other fields, such as social work and criminal justice. For more information, please contact Dr. Rachel Potter, BCBA-D, Dean of the College of Education at

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University in Winchester offers Virginia’s only Masters Program exclusively in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Our 37- credit hour program, which is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), can be completed in four semesters and is designed to provide its graduates with both the classroom and practical experience necessary to sit for the certification exam upon graduation.   Classes are offered at night to accommodate working professionals.  Students who already possess a Masters degree in a related field may complete our approved 6-course sequence to meet the academic requirements for the BACB exam.

Our distinctive curriculum reflects the diversity in the expertise of faculty, which extends beyond the familiar topics in disability to include  advancements in ABA pertaining to child abuse and other forms of domestic violence, organizational management, parent training, and mainstream education.

We have established placements in applied settings that allow students to accrue supervised experience and to receive an income.  Supervision is typically provided both by BCBAs who are professional employees in the setting and by Dr. Brandon F. Greene who has more than 35 years of experience in the field.

Finally, ABA coursework at Shenandoah is offered at a substantial discount to its typical tuition.   Its cost, at just $479/credit hour, may be the most affordable in the state.

For further information:

Brandon F. Greene, Ph.D.,  EMail: