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MS in Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies


A Life-Changing Profession

Licensed and Certified behavior analysts use techniques based on the science of human behavior to empower people to learn, communicate, play and thrive. They apply these techniques with individuals with and without disabilities, and particularly with children and adults across the Autism spectrum. Our program is mission-driven to prepare ethical, culturally responsive practitioners to make a difference in their communities.

Pathway to Certification and Career

This new, Master of Science degree program is an ABAI Verified Course Sequence that meets the education requirements for graduates to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and New York Licensed Behavior Analysts (NY-LBAs). Credentialed behavior analysts may work in school districts, community, health care settings or private practice, providing services that are in extremely high demand here in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York State.

Community Partners in Practice

Our faculty have built relationships with organizations around the region to provide our students with supervised opportunities to begin fulfilling fieldwork hour requirements for licensure. The program schedule positions students to pursue paid roles in schools, residential facilities and other community partnership sites that are ideal settings for applying classroom learning in the real world.

Open to All Majors

Successful behavior analysts come not only with backgrounds in education, psychology and heath care, but also fields like communication studies, social services, and art and music therapy. What do they all have in common? A passion for understanding human behavior, and a drive to apply that knowledge to improve lives.


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Program Information

Leanna Mellon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NY-LBA, Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning


Graduate Admissions Information
Alana Matuszewski

Director of Graduate Admission