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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior based on the psychology of how people and animals learn. Behavior Analysts apply the principles of applied behavior analysis to make socially significant improvements in the lives of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, groups, and organizations.


At Queens College, we have a Master of Arts (MA) program and an Advanced Certificate (AC) Program (for those who already have an MA/MS in behavior analysis, education, or psychology). Both our MA program and our AC program are approved by ABAI as verified course sequences (VCS) for the 4th and 5th edition task lists. Our MA program is registered as licensure-qualifying with the NYS Department of Education. By enrolling in one of our programs, you can become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the State of New York.

Our Mission

The mission of our 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.

Unique Opportunities at Queens College

At Queens College, we provide opportunities to gain experience working with a team of faculty who have expertise in the areas of autism, developmental disabilities, problem behavior, and parent and staff training:

  • A comprehensive curriculum that includes coursework in the applied, experimental, and practical application of behavior analysis, meets BACB and state standards.
  • Fellowship placements at Queens College through our new on-campus Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Evidence-Based Services (QC ACES), or across many different partnering agencies and school sites that allow you to gain hands-on supervised experience from Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analysts.
  • Opportunities to conduct research and make conference presentations with guidance from experts in the field.

(718) 997- 3294 
Sally Izquierdo, Director

Application Deadlines

May 1 for ABA MA
May 1 for ABA AC