We are accepting applications for our Fall 2021 Online Classes beginning October 3, 2021. The application deadline is August 29, 2021.
Students interested in applying to the ABA program should submit an application to the graduate admissions office which will be evaluated on the basis of:
Master's Degree Program
Possess a Bachelor’s degree (from an accredited college or university) in a related field related to learning or behavioral changes.
Advanced Certificate Program
Possess a Master’s degree (from an accredited college or university) in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, Psychology, Education, or a field related to learning or behavior change.
BCBA® Eligibility Program
Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
BCBA® to NYS-LBA Eligibility Program
Possess a Master’s degree or Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and have received a Comparative Education Review from NYSED
Please provide a personal statement (up to 300 words) discussing your background and why you want to enroll into the specific graduate program.
- Provide official transcript(s) from all accredited colleges or universities attended indicating the award of a graduate degree.
- Provide evidence of a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.00. Provide a copy of a current resume, including all certifications and licensures.
- Provide two letters of reference: 1 from an academic source and 1 from a volunteer experience/internship/employer. Personal references, including those from clients and their families, will not be accepted.
- Complete and submit an original, well written, 3-4 page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points: (Master’s, Advanced Certificate, and BCBA Eligibility program only).
- Your experiences that influenced your interest in the field of applied behavior analysis.
- Your personal qualities that will be useful in working with other professionals and potential clients providing behavior analytic services.
- Your career goals and how an education in applied behavior analysis will help you achieve these goals. Be specific with regard to how you see yourself applying the skills and knowledge you will gain to a specific career and characteristics of clients.
- Describe how your undergraduate/graduate education has prepared you to succeed in a fast-paced, intensive graduate program. Include a description of specific courses that have provided you with the background to apply scientific principles to the study of human behavior.
- Discuss why you think it is important to study human behavior from a scientific/behavioral perspective as opposed to a psychoanalytic or cognitive perspective.
- Participate in a personal interview with a member of the ABA program faculty.
Please note: To become licensed and certified candidates need to be 21 years old.
Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree, Advanced Certificate, and the Non-Degree Programs must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
The Graduate Committee on Academic Standards will be notified if a student falls below a 3.0 grade point average.
Students who receive a course grade below 3.0 may repeat said course one time; failure to achieve a 3.0 on the second attempt will be grounds for academic dismissal.
Failure to achieve a 3.0 in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal.
Students who violate the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance code for Behavior Analysts during their academic coursework or experience hour accrual will be subject to sanctions up to and including academic dismissal; Students who have an Incomplete (I) grade in two or more courses may be prevented from registering for additional coursework until the incomplete grades are resolved.
A student admitted to the program is expected to maintain continuity in the academic program and enroll each semester until all requirements are completed. Typically, a part-time student should complete a minimum of three (3) credits per semester. Full-time students must complete a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester. All requirements for the Master of Science degree must be completed within a period of five years from the student’s enrollment for graduate study. For information on leaves of absence and extensions, consult the Academic Regulations and Standards section in the electronic catalog, Graduate Section, on the Daemen web page or in the Graduate Catalog.
Additional Information about ABA 730
Students are required to have a Practicum Placement that is legally authorized to provide services that constitute the practice of applied behavior analysis (Education Law, article 167, section 8802) and an appropriate supervisor (Regulations of the Commissioner, subpart 79-17.2). The ABA Practicum Director and/or Coordinator is happy to work with you on finding Practicum Placements.