Applied Behavior Analysis

Demand for behavior analysts has increased dramatically each year over the last decade, and the increase from 2018-19 was 80 percent.

Learn how to improve lives through education, research, and promotion of ethical and evidence-based practices.


New York State licensed behavior analysts assist those with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders, emotional disturbances, or no diagnosis at all, to achieve individually developed goals, learn new skills and improve challenging behavior.

They design, implement, and evaluate environmental stimuli to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior.

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The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified courses within Daemen’s program toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. The Amherst campus and distance education master’s degree and advanced certificate programs are registered programs with the New York Education Department and fulfill the educational requirements for licensure in behavior analysis in New York.

Program Benefits

  • Daemen’s reputable ABA program holds the highest standards of both New York State licensure and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc®. 
  • Program was one of the first in New York State to be approved for licensure in ABA.
  • On-campus evening courses or distance education asynchronous courses accommodate the working professional.
  • Students practice the development and evaluation of assessment and intervention, including behavior measurement, assessment, change elements, procedures, and systems.
  • Students learn ethical and professional practice in working with families, members of the community, and other practitioners.
  • Program includes a practicum course where students obtain the required 150 hours of supervised clinical work as required by New York State Education Department for licensure.
  • Amherst campus and distance education programs have partnerships with service agencies across many areas of New York, nationally, and internationally for students to gain valuable experience.
  • Faculty members provide interactive educational opportunities in a student-focused environment and are committed to fostering each student’s academic and professional goals.
  • Students have opportunities to develop scientific and professional writing, collaboration, and oral presentation skills necessary to become well-rounded scientist practitioners.

On-Campus and Online Programs Offered


  • Master of Science in ABA
  • Advanced Certificate in ABA

Other Programs

  • BCBA® Eligibility Course Sequence (not NYS licence qualifying)
  • BCBA® to NYS-LBA Eligibility Course Sequence (NYS license qualifying program)
Online Program Option

This accelerated format includes cohorts starting in both fall and spring. Students learn from scientist practitioner faculty with diverse specialty areas and methods of service delivery who have learned from and trained with leaders in the field. Faculty mentors also provide opportunities for research and dissemination through publications and/or presentations at regional, state-wide, and national conferences.

Career Outlook

Graduates work in many settings, including schools, clinics, homes, community organizations, vocational programs, and hospitals.

Popular careers include:

  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavior consultant
  • Clinical specialist
  • Behavior intervention specialist 
  • Behavioral health specialist
Other professionals who can benefit from an ABA licence include:
  • Educators
  • School administrators
  • Psychologists
Francesca D’Arrigo, ’20


Francesca D’Arrigo, ’20

Behavior intervention specialist, Junior Consultant, Parent Trainer, Blue Sea Educational Consulting

Sean Lehane, ’19


Sean Lehane, ’19

Program coordinator, Newmeadow Inc., an integrated ABA-focused preschool in upstate, NY

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