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Psychology: Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Behavior Analysis
The Psychology Department has a course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree at Queens College. 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.

Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. Fifteen credits in undergraduate psychology is considered the minimum requirement for admission to the MA program, which should include an undergraduate laboratory course in experimental psychology and a course in psychological statistical methods or their equivalents. A student who has not had at least a one-semester laboratory course in experimental psychology and a one-semester course in statistical methods or their equivalents, but whose record of achievement is otherwise high, will be asked to make up the deficiency through taking a comparable course without credit in an undergraduate college.
2. A minimum grade average index of B (3.0) in undergraduate courses.
3. A minimum grade average index of B (3.0) or the equivalent in the undergraduate field of concentration or, with permission of the department, in related fields.
4. Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from instructors who are in a position to attest to the applicant’s capacity to complete successfully a program of graduate studies.
5. In some cases a personal interview with the Graduate Advisor or with some other members of the department may be required.
6. Submission of the results of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE general test). Students are advised to take the Graduate Record Examination no later than February for August admission. No final consideration may be given to any application unless the Admissions Office receives the results of the examination by the date applications are due. 
Individuals who hold a master's degree are waived from the GRE requirement.

Note that possession of the requirements listed above does not automatically insure admission to the programs. Each record, including grades, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination scores, and information from present and former instructors and employers, will be carefully examined by a Graduate Committee on Admissions. Specific requirements may be waived by the Graduate Committee on Admissions for students of special promise.


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline May 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only 
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference3
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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