How to Apply

The Office of Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of West Florida offers competitive tuition and a flexible online schedule. Contact us today to learn more about our optional online master's degree.

Before applying, please carefully review the UWF ABA website as well as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website for eligibility requirements.

Application Deadline:

Application deadlines vary for each cohort but will occur on the 1st or 15th of the month prior to the cohort start date.


  • Eligibility requirements for the certification exam are defined in detail by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • If you need a Masters degree in order to pursue BCBA certification, you can earn your MA in Exceptional Student Education online with UWF with only 6 additional courses! To learn more, please refer to the degree plan.

Application Steps:

  1. Apply to UWF based on your student status: Degree seeking, Non-degree seeking, or Current student
    • Degree Seeking: If you are enrolling in the MA in Exceptional Student Education degree program, contact Chasity Manning at and complete the degree seeking application. Refer to .
    • Non-degree Seeking:If you are not seeking a degree and only enrolling in the BACB pre-approved coursework, and are NOT a current UWF student, apply to UWF as a .
      • Choose Exceptional Student Education - Graduate courses as the program of study.
      • Choose the appropriate semester that your coursework will begin.
      • There is no application fee.
      • Once your application is reviewed and approved by Admissions (1-3 working days), you will receive an email from Admissions that includes your new UWF ID number.
    • Current Student: If you are a current UWF student and only wish to enroll in the ABA coursework, you do NOT need to apply as a non-degree seeking student, nor do you need to apply for an additional degree. You may complete the ABA Program Online Application listed in Step #2 to start the enrollment process.
  2. Complete the ABA Program Online Application
    • You will receive an email response from The Office of ABA with class section information (when available)
      • Each course has a limited capacity. 
      • Respond with your section choice and UWF ID number.
  3. Complete Immunization Requirements
    • All students must satisfy the University's immunization requirements to be registered for courses.
      • Online students may fill out the portion of the form
      • Specify "online student" and sign the form
      • Include your UWF ID number on the form.
      • Check all 3 boxes in the online students exemption/waiver portion
      • Email the completed form to
  4. Take care of account holds
    • You will not be able to add any courses to your schedule until all registration holds are cleared from your student account.
  5. Register
    • After you complete the ABA program application, you will receive an email with course section options from
    • Choose the course section that you would like to register for and reply to with the course reference number for your choice and your UWF ID number.
    • The Office of ABA will process a permission code to enable you to register for your section choice and send you an email.
    • Log into your myUWF account to access the registration menu and add the course to your schedule.
    • For directions on how to register, visit the UWF registration website.
  6. Pay Tuition
    • Tuition is due upon registration to guarantee your spot in the course.
    • If you plan to use Financial Aid or private loans, please contact to verify payment due dates.
    • There is no convenience fee if you pay using the E-Check option in myUWF or using your Higher One Card.
    • Visit the Student Financial Services FAQ page for more payment information
  7. Begin your journey to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst!