Applied Behavior Analysis

 

This program is for individuals who seek to create opportunities for meaningful changes in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. These changes also extend to perceptions and practices in the community. Faculty advisors will support you through the BCBA® certification and state licensure processes.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) involves the application of the principles of behavior to improve socially significant behaviors. Applied behavior analysts work with individuals who range in age from infancy through adulthood and old age in settings that include schools, homes, day programs, communities, residential care settings, businesses and research laboratories. Our master’s degree and advanced certificate programs will prepare you to develop, deliver, and evaluate the effectiveness of behavior analytic intervention for individuals with ASD.

Two programs are offered in Applied Behavior Analysis:

  • The Master of Science is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree or master’s degree and are seeking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® credential and the New York State ABA licensure exam. The masters in ABA is designed for individuals who will practice behavior analysis with learners who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disorders in any setting.
  • The Advanced Certificate is designed for individuals who hold a master’s degree in education, psychology, or behavior analysis, only and are seeking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® credential. These individuals will practice behavior analysis only in exempt settings such as government agencies, schools, or early intervention agencies.

Credits:

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis: 41

Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis: 18

Certification/Licensure:

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis: Board Certified Behavior Analyst® credential and eligibility to sit for the New York State Applied Behavior Analysis Licensure Exam

Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis: Board Certified Behavior Analyst® credential

Program Format

As a student enrolled in an ABA program, you will have the option of attending class in-person or synchronously on-line via web-conferencing software. The hybrid learning format duplicates, to the extent possible, the group experience of attending class and provides opportunities for personal interactions with both your course instructors and your fellow students. You will complete projects, quizzes, and exams at scheduled times. Your materials are submitted electronically and quizzes and exams are given online. These procedures are designed to ensure the highest level of academic rigor in both classroom and distance learning.

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

For our Master’s Degree Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in an approved human services field with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A statement of purpose –  In your essay, please answer the following questions: What is ABA? Why are you interested in pursuing graduate education and training in ABA? What are your long-term goals related to ABA?
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume
  • Two professional references, one should be an academic reference
  • An interview with program faculty
  • Official GRE scores
  • Please upload a document in the Supplemental section of the application with the answers to the following questions:
    • The ABA – MS program requires two 180-hour practica. ABA students must complete this requirement at a site affiliated with Hunter College. Please explain your availability to complete this program requirement.
    • The ABA – MS program also includes a capstone experience in which ABA students must complete either an experimental thesis or a clinical project. Please give an example of a clinical experience you’ve had that might inform your capstone experience.

Note: International applicants who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa are not currently eligible for this program.

For our Advanced Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in an approved human services field with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Master’s Degree in education, psychology, or behavior analysis (only for Advanced Certificate applicants)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A statement of purpose – In your essay, please answer the following questions: What is ABA? Why are you interested in pursuing graduate education and training in ABA? What are your long-term goals related to ABA?
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume
  • Two professional references, one should be an academic reference
  • An interview with program faculty
  • Official GRE scores are recommended
  • Please upload a document in the Supplemental section of the application with the answers to the following questions:
    • The ABA – MS program requires two 180-hour practica. ABA students must complete this requirement at a site affiliated with Hunter College. Please explain your availability to complete this program requirement.
    • The ABA – MS program also includes a capstone experience in which ABA students must complete either an experimental thesis or a clinical project. Please give an example of a clinical experience you’ve had that might inform your capstone experience.

Note: International applicants who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa are not currently eligible for this program.

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, click here.

For our Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis: When applying to this program under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis – MS.

For our Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis: When applying to this program under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education and Adv. Cert. in Applied Behavior Analysis

Contact an Admissions Advisor

edadmissions@hunter.cuny.edu

Program Coordinator

April Kisamore