Masters Program in ABA

MA program Application deadline for Fall 2019 admissions:  March 1, 2019

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The ABA MA program is registered as a licensure qualifying program with New York State (Licensure is in accordance with Subpart 79-17 of the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations. Applicants must meet additional requirements outlined by NYS Education Law Title VIII, Article 167 and Commissioner’s Regulation Subpart 79-17).

Our curriculum is also pre-approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

In order to assist students with gaining practical experience and experience hours toward both credentials, we have an on-campus center with opportunities for students to learn to implement behavior analytic methods through our expert faculty.

QC ACES, The Queens College Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Evidence Based Services consists of provides on-campus clinical opportunities through:

  • SIBS Club, which is directed by Dr. Emily Jones, and serves families of children with autism and focuses on improving sibling relationships.
  • The Behavior Disorders Clinic, which is directed by Dr. Joshua Jessel, and serves children with Autism and focuses on treating challenging behavior.

We have also partnered with several local human service organizations. We partner with private schools:

and agencies:

Our students work at these sites, often conduct classroom and research projects at these sites, and obtain supervised ABA experience.

 
 

Mission:

The mission of this program is to provide students with training: a) to work in a variety of fields with a variety of populations in need of behaviorally based interventions; b) that meets the educational competence requirements necessary to pursue becoming a licensed behavior analyst in New York State; c) that meets the educational competence requirements necessary to pursue professional certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board; d) that helps students contribute to and advance the field through conduct and participation in research as well as presentations; and e) that supports the possibility of continuing their education at the doctoral level.

Objectives:

The goals of the Masters Program in Applied Behavior Analysis are to provide students with training:

  • to work in a variety of fields with a variety of populations in need of behaviorally based interventions.
  • that meets the educational competence requirements necessary to pursue professional certification (through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
  • that helps students contribute to and advance the field through conduct and participation in research as well as presentations.
  • that supports the possibility of continuing their education at the doctoral level.
 
 
 

Minimum requirements for applying to the Applied Behavior Analysis Program are:

1) an undergraduate overall GPA greater than 3.00;

2) at least 15 credits of undergraduate psychology courses including Experimental Psychology and Statistics or their equivalents;

3) at least one undergraduate class broadly related to ABA, such as learning, behavior modification, developmental disabilities or behavior analysis.

4) submission of score on the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For a Graduate Application please click here (please note: the program code for the ABA MA is 305).

 
 

See the ABA Master's Progress Monitor

All students must complete all required courses below (A) and 9 credits of elective courses (B). Students can opt to either also complete the comprehensive exam (C) OR a thesis project (D).

A) 27 credits of required courses:

705.00: Statistical Methods in Psychology I (3 cr)
720.05: Autism OR PSY 791.3 Special Topics: Autism Treatment (3 cr)
730.00: Psychology of Learning  (3 cr)
730.01: Theory and Method in Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 cr)
730.05: Applied Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Applied Project I (3 cr)
730.02: Theory and Method in Applied Behavior Analysis II (3 cr)
730.06: Applied Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Applied Project II (3 cr)
795.00: Fieldwork Project in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 cr)
771.3: Ethical Issues in Psychology (3 cr)

B) 9 Credits of Elective courses from the following list:

Applied Behavior Analysis ElectivesOther Electives
*maximum of 6 credits allowed from this list
Psych 720.01
Developmental Disabilities I 
(3 cr)
Psych 700.00 History of Psychology (3 cr)
Psych 720.02
Developmental Disabilities II
 (3 cr)
Psych 703.1 Design of Psychological Research (3 cr)
Psych 720.03 Behavioral Intervention in Developmental Disabilities (3 cr)Psych 708.1
Basic Neuroscience: Neuroanatomy (3 cr)
Psych 720.04 Behavioral Analysis of Child Development (3 cr)Psych 708.4 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr)
Psych 730.04 Supervised Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 cr)Psych 720 Developmental Psychology (3 cr)
Psych 730.07 Theories of Association (3 cr)Psych 746 Social Psychology (3 cr)
Psych 731.00 Stimulus Control of Behavior (4 cr)Psych 755 Psychopathology I (3 cr)
Psych 732.00 Motivation and Reinforcement (4 cr)Psych 760 Psychometric Methods (3 cr)
Psych 791.3/754.00 Behavioral Sciences and Business (3 cr)Psych 791.3/757.00 Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention (3 cr)
Psych 780 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3 cr) *statistics course designed for evaluating single subject research designs 

C) Comprehensive Exams

  1. See Comprehensive Exam Guidelines
  2. See a sample ABA Comprehensive Exam
  3. See another sample Comprehensive Exam

D) Thesis

Qualifying Students may have the option to complete a 3 or 6-credit thesis to substitute for a portion of the elective course.
Learn more about thesis options (Fall 2015)

 
 

Services restricted to New York State licensed professionals, including licensed behavior analysts certified behavior analysts assistants (supervised by a licensed behavior analyst) and licensed psychologists, cannot be rendered by program students or graduates unless: (a) they are licensed in New York State to provide such services, (b) they provide those services in an exempt setting as salaried employee, (c) the person holds a limited permit to practice in a setting approved by the New York State Education Department, or (d) the person is a student, intern, or resident in an educational program acceptable to the Department pursuant to the commissioner’s regulations, provided that such constitutes a part of his or her supervised course of study.

Due to the recent change in the law, one must be a licensed behavior analyst to engage in "behavior analysis" types of activities: modifying behavior, conducting behavior analysis, etc. The exception is if one works in a school, clinic, hospital, and similar institutions, which are called exempt settings. The New York State Education Department, which approves all graduate programs, requires this disclaimer in our materials. If you have a question, you can either contact us at ABA@qc.cuny.edu or call the State Education Department.

 

Thesis Research and/or Elective Courses

Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis
(for students who matriculate beginning in Fall 2015)

Qualifications for completing a thesis:

  • High GPA (3.75 or higher)
  • Active engagement in research prior to thesis (e.g., attendance at lab meetings)
  • Formal research relationship with ABA mentor
  • ABA mentor agrees to supervise thesis
  • Completion of 730.05 and 730.06 prior to planning a thesis

There are three options for completing Thesis Research and/or Elective Courses.  A total of 15-credit hours are required that can be distributed between thesis research and elective courses in the following ways:

  1. 6-credits of independent thesis work and 3-credits of elective courses.
    Students choosing this option will work closely with an Applied Behavior Analysis faculty member* and:
    1. Develop a new research project.
    2. Formally propose his or her research in a meeting with the faculty advisor and at least one additional committee member (fulltime faculty member of the Department of Psychology).
    3. Produce a publication-style manuscript for the proposal committee meeting.
    4. IRB approval is required before the study can begin.
    5. Defend the final project (as a publication-style manuscript) to the student’s faculty advisor and additional committee member.
  1. 3-credits of thesis work and 6-credits of elective courses.
    Students choosing this option will work with an Applied Behavior Analysis research faculty member* and:
    1. Conduct a research project that can be an elaboration of research conducted in Psych 730.05/730.06 and/or 795, or, an extension of your advisor’s research.
    2. IRB approval is required before the study can begin.
    3. Orally present the final project to the student’s faculty advisor and one additional faculty member from the Queens College Psychology Department.
    4. The final manuscript must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
  1. 9-credits of elective course and completion of comprehensive exams. See Comprehensive Exams Guidelines.

List of Elective Courses:

 

Applied Behavior Analysis ElectivesOther Electives
(maximum of 6 credits allowed from this list)
Psych 720.01 Developmental Disabilities I (3 cr)
Psych 720.02 Developmental Disabilities II (3 cr)
Psych 720.03 Behavioral Intervention in Developmental Disabilities (3 cr)
Psych 720.04 Behavioral Analysis of Child Development (3 cr)
Psych 730.04 Supervised Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
Psych 730.07 Theories of Association (3cr)
Psych 791.3/754.00 Behavioral Sciences and Business (3 cr)
Psych 780 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3 cr) *statistics course designed for evaluating single subject research designs
Psych 791.03 Special Topics: Autism Treatment (3 cr)
Psych 791.03 Seminar in Learning and Behavioral Analysis (3 cr)
Psych 700.00 History of Psychology (3 cr)
Psych 703.1 Design of Psychological Research (3 cr)
Psych 708.1 Basic Neuroscience:  Neuroanatomy (3 cr)
Psych 708.4 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr)
Psych 720 Developmental Psychology (3 cr)
Psych 746 Social Psychology (3 cr)
Psych 755 Psychopathology I (3 cr)
Psych 760  Psychometric Methods (3 cr)
Psych 791.3/757.00 Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention (3 cr)

*Current Applied Behavior Analysis research faculty:
Dr. Emily Jones
Dr. Joshua Jessel
Dr. Peter Sturmey
Dr. Patricia D'Ateno

 
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