Applied Behavioral Analysis Program
This program is only offered in the Summer of each year
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. Two primary areas of study include the experimental analysis of behavior and applied behavior analysis.
ABA is a systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of reliably related environmental variables and the production of behavior change techniques that make use of those findings. Practitioners of behavior analysis provide services consistent with the dimensions of ABA.
Behavior analysts are qualified to provide services to clients with a variety of needs, including improvements in organizational functioning (e.g., staff performance, management and pay structure interventions), skill deficits (e.g., communication, adaptive behavior), and problem behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior), among others.
This 36 or 42 (comprehensive exam vs. thesis track) credit graduate program is designed to prepare students without a master's degree or with a master's degree in an unrelated field to practice in a variety of settings and with people across the lifespan. The program will provide the course work and clinical requirements necessary to be eligible to take the credentialing exam for the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential, as well as to be eligible for NYS licensure as a Behavior Analyst. The curriculum provides in-depth exposure to the underlying theory and concepts of behavior change, strategies for measuring and interpreting behavior change data, and specific issues in behavior for people on the autism spectrum.