The UW Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program offers full funding for doctoral students in Special Education who are also Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).  Doctoral students funded by the ABA program have the opportunities to:

  • Participate in rigorous coursework tailored to their interests both within and outside of the College of Education
  • Participate in and conduct research with the support of distinguished researchers
  • Supervise future BCBAs in their practicum experience
  • Collaborate with educators dedicated to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and their families

Benefits for Ph.D. Students

  • Full tuition for academic year
  • Monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Travel funds
  • Shared office space


  • Be admitted into the Special Education Ph.D. program,
  • Hold Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA)
  • A minimum of two years of experience with clients with developmental disabilities
  • Two years of work experience as a BCBA
  • Enroll as a full-time graduate student

You can learn more about Doctor of Education requirements here.

How to Apply

You can find more information about how to apply here.

If you have questions about the Doctoral Program in Special Education: ABA option, you can email Ilene Schwartz ( or call 206-616-3450.

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