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Capella University adds online master's specialization and post-bachelor's certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The new offerings will help address the nationwide shortage of behavioral analysts

MINNEAPOLIS, August 3, 2012 – Capella University, an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high-quality online degree programs for working adults, has announced a new Master of Science in Psychology specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and a post-bachelor's certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied behavior analysis is a psychological approach that uses behavior modification and other behavior-based interventions and treatments to encourage positive changes in individual behaviors. As of June 30, 2012, more than 36,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella. The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at

"There is a nationwide shortage of qualified behavioral analysts and few educational programs in this field," said Laren Winter, EdD, faculty chair in Capella's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. "With our new offerings, we are offering an online alternative that provides the academic requirements needed to meet national standards in applied behavior analysis. Our programs include test-prep resources and mentoring from faculty with top academic and Board Certified Behavioral Analyst® (BCBA) credentials, and deep practitioner experience in the field."

Capella's master's specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis is also designed to help students reach their goals in less time and with lower costs. The academic requirements are covered in fewer courses than comparable online programs, reducing the time and financial investment needed to earn a master's degree. In addition, many textbooks are available electronically, a less expensive option than print textbooks. To help reduce costs even further, students who start a Capella MS in Psychology program—including the Applied Behavior Analysis specialization—by December 3, 2012, are eligible for a $3,000 MS in Psychology grant from Capella.

The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate provides an option for those who want a more immediate credential. Students who choose to pursue a master's degree at a later date can transfer all certificate courses into Capella's master's specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Enrollment now open
Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for the master's specialization and certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email

Specialization only: Review of the Applied Behavior Analysis specialization is pending in AL, KS, KY, ND, and WA.

Specialization and certificate: Check state licensure requirements. The license to practice as a professional psychologist or counselor is regulated independently in each state or province. Learners who intend to seek licensure or certification should check the program requirements in the state or province in which they hope to practice. These programs are not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Certificate only: In accordance with U.S. Department of Education (DOE) new advance notice requirements, a notification for this certificate will be submitted to the DOE. This certificate may be subject to additional review and approval by the DOE, which could result in a potential delay in learners being able to start the certificate. If this certificate is subject to additional review, the DOE will notify Capella University at least 30 days prior to the scheduled start date. Capella University proactively will keep applicants and learners enrolled in this certificate fully informed of any actions taken by the DOE that may affect their ability to successfully begin classes as originally scheduled.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Three-fourths of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 148 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 21 certificate programs. More than 36,000 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2012, from all 50 states and 59 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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