MS Applied Behavior Analysis


  • ABA600 Behaviorism (3)
  • ABA601 Basic Behavior Analysis (3)
  • ABA602 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (3)
  • ABA603 Supervised Experience in Concepts and Principles (1) *
  • ABA604 Research Methods and Experimental Design(3)
  • ABA606 Functional Assessment (3)
  • ABA607 Supervised Experience in Functional Assessment (1)*
  • ABA608 Ethics and Professional Conduct (3)
  • ABA610 Advanced Applications of Behavioral Science (3)
  • ABA611 Supervised Experience in Advanced Applications (1)*
  • ABA612 Organizational Behavior Management (3)
  • ABA630 Comprehensive Examination in Behavioral Science (1)
  • ABA640 Applied Behavior Analysis Capstone Research Project (3)*
  • ABA660 Thesis 1 (3)**
  • ABA661 Thesis 2 (3)**
  • * Pathway 1 required course
  • ** Pathway 2 required course


ABA Experiential Learning Pathways

Each student will choose one of two experiential learning pathways. Students will be allowed to take both pathways for a total of 34 credits, if they choose. 

Pathway 1, the Clinical Pathway, contains three, 1-credit supervised experiential courses and a 3-credit capstone course. The supervised experience courses will provide students with a structured and scaffolded learning experience consisting of instruction in concepts and principles which will be applied at a verified fieldwork site under the supervision of a qualified behavior analytic clinical supervisor, with faculty supervision. In the capstone course, students will create a Master’s-level Capstone Project based on a research project of the student’s area of interest in ABA.

Pathway 2, the Research Pathway, contains two, 3-credit thesis courses. Students who complete the research pathway will complete a thesis which will involve a proposal, an investigation, a formal written report, and a presentation. The thesis will consist of a rigorous experimental investigation and must be approved, structured, and supervised by the thesis


It may be necessary for a student to repeat a course to achieve a satisfactory grade. Students are encouraged to discuss the matter with their Graduate Faculty Advisor. Students must earn a minimum grade of B when repeating a course. Failure to achieve a B or better in two or more courses will be grounds for academic dismissal.


  1. Completion of all course work as defined on the student’s Plan of Study;
  2. A minimum grade of B earned in all courses, thereby resulting in a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00;
  3. All degree students are required to file an Application for Degree form with the Registrar’s Office at the onset of the final term of study. The Application for Degree form is accessible from the Registrar’s web page.


Consult the NYSED ABA website and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® website for more information.


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.

Capstone Experience

Students admitted to the Master’s Degree program are required to complete a capstone research experience. Graduate research is carried out during the course ABA 740: Capstone Research Project.  Candidates will design and execute a research project with guidance from a faculty advisor. The detailed process for the completion of research is outlined in the course syllabus.