M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Human Development HA4

Course requirements

This program includes a total of 39 credits.

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
EDE455 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis
ED429 Theories of Human Development

Choose a diversity course:
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
EDU470 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education

Specialization Courses   
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences
ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
ED453 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
ED458 Methods and Applications in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDE454 Assessment and Treatment of Challenging Behaviors
EDE456 Ethical and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts
EDE457 Staff Training and Performance Management
EDE459 Client Confidentiality and Records Management
EDE458 Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis: Preparing the Behavior Analyst for Practice
EDU465 Assessment and Appraisal
EDE452 Behaviorism and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior


Minimum of 3 credits of required supervised practicum experience:
EDF453 Practicum in Applied Behavioral Analysis


1. This sequence of courses has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as meeting their coursework requirements for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. However, students seeking this certification need to apply directly to the Board after having passed the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® and having completed this Master's degree, plus a total of at least 1500 hours of supervised ABA practicum experience (750 if following BACB intensive internship model).
2. In order to obtain a New York State license as Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA), students will need to complete a total of at least 1500 hours of supervised ABA practicum with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
3. Students can accrue the needed supervised ABA practicum hours (besides the minimum included in this program) either on their own, or by registering for EDF453 for multiple semesters (3 additional credits each semester).

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse