Acceptable Degrees

Current BCaBA Degree Requirement
(Effective 2/26/2013)

Possession of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.


BACB Degree Documentation Standards

The BACB’s degree requirements may only be met after an acceptable degree has been conferred.

Acceptable Documentation of Degree Conferral: an official university transcript clearly showing that the degree has been conferred/awarded and that includes the date of conferral.

If an applicant has met the program requirements for a degree, but the degree has not yet been conferred, the BACB may accept interim documentation, at its discretion, with the stipulation that no final determinations will be made until an official university transcript is received.

Acceptable Interim Documentation: a letter from the university registrar, on university letterhead, verifying that all degree requirements have been met and indicating the date on which the degree will be awarded.

If approval to sit for an exam is issued based on interim documentation, the candidate’s exam result will not be released until an official university transcript clearly showing that the degree has been conferred/awarded is received.

Eligibility deadlines, especially those related to changes in eligibility standards, will be assessed based solely upon the date of conferral listed on the official university transcript. Interim documentation cannot be used to bypass BACB deadlines.


Current BCBA Degree Requirement

Effective January 2011, an applicant must have an appropriate graduate degree "from an accredited university, that was conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine or a field related to behavior analysis and approved by the BACB."

In order to qualify under this degree requirement, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements prior to January 1, 2016 and you must meet the application grace-period deadlines specified in this FAQ.

If your degree was conferred in behavior analysis or one of the approved academic areas listed below, you do not need to take any action. 

  • Education
  • Clinical, counseling, or school psychology
  • Clinical social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Engineering
  • Medicine

All other degree determinations are made on a case-by-case basis if the coursework that was required for your graduate degree included courses that were behavior analytic in nature. To request consideration of your degree under the current standards, use the form below to provide us with some basic information. 

All United States degrees must come from an accredited university as determined by the Council on Higher Education (www.chea.org)
or for Canada: 

Most universities from outside of the US and Canada will not appear in the above. In those cases, an equivalency evaluation is required. Acceptable equivalency evaluations must be completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that requires submission of an official, university-issued transcript as a part of their process. Evaluations will not be accepted from members of NACES that do not require official transcripts.

Include a transcript for your degree and/or an equivalency evaluation report with your request.


New BCBA Degree Requirement

Any application for BCBA-level certification that is received or incomplete on January 1, 2016 will be subject to the following degree requirement:

Possession of a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, or (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence.


Form to Request Consideration Under the Current BCBA Degree Requirement

Full Name

Your Highest Degree (enter the full name, e.g., Master of Arts in School Psychology):

Year the Degree Was Conferred:

University that Granted the Degree (enter the full name):

Level of Certification You Would Like to Pursue:

Your Email Address:

City (US/Canada only):

State / Province (US/Canada only):



Click this button to locate the transcript file on your computer. It must be a PDF or Word document, and smaller than 20 megabytes in size.

WES Evaluation:

Click this button to locate the WES evaluation file on your computer. It must be a PDF or Word document, and smaller than 20 megabytes in size.

Degree inclusions requests are offered as a courtesy to potential applicants, subject to the terms and conditions of the Mandatory Certification Processing Agreement included in all applications for BCBA and BCaBA certification.  The BACB reserves the right to modify its rules at any time.  It is the responsibility of individuals making a request to remain informed of current BACB requirements.  If you have not yet applied for certification, any BACB determination regarding your degree inclusion request is preliminary, subject to final determination upon submission of your full certification application to the BACB.