Behavioral Science

Contact Information

phone: 716-839-8323

Department Chair

Vicki Madaus Knapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (NY)

Degrees Offered


Accreditation Information

Delivered in either a traditional or online format, these programs are for individuals seeking licensure in behavior analysis from the State of New York and certification in behavior analysis from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®   For more information about licensure requirements, please visit: and for more information about certification requirements, please visit:

Admissions Information

In addition to satisfying the general criteria for graduate admission to Daemen University, applicants must:

  1. For the Master’s Degree Program, possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to learning or behavior change;
  2. For the Advanced Certificate Program and the BCBA ® Eligibility 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;
  3. Possess a 3.0 GPA in their accredited bachelor’s degree program;
  4. Submit two professional letters of recommendation
  5. Participate in a personal interview with the Behavioral Science Department faculty;
  6. Provide a written statement describing personal and educational goals and objectives;
  7. Provide a copy of a current resume or CV, including all certifications and licensures.

Additional Program Requirements

  1. Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree Programs, Advanced Certificate Program, and Course Sequences must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale);
  2. The Graduate Committee on Academic Standards will be notified if a student falls below a 3.0 grade point average;
  3. 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;
  4. Failure to achieve a 3.0 in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal;
  5. Students who violate the BACB (R) Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts during their academic coursework or experience hour accrual will be subject to sanctions up to and including academic dismissal;
  6. 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.
  7. A repeat of a graduate course due to a prior grade of “W” will also be counted as a course repeat.

Mission Statement

Daemen University Behavioral Science Department advances the science of behavior using ethical, evidence-based, and inclusive practices. We promote individual and societal well-being through culturally responsive education, research, and collaboration in the classroom and community.