Make a difference with an ABA degree
Professionals with an Applied Behavior Analysis master’s degree work with people with autism to build skills and change socially significant behavior, allowing them to live the most independent life possible.
Introduction (The Experience)
You’ll engage with professionals from around the world in our online ABA master’s program, while benefiting from the personal attention Sage guarantees every student. You’ll gain a deep understanding of autism and how it affects a person’s behavior and development while learning skills to shape and change behaviors.
ABA program faculty are professionals in the field with years of experience. Small class sizes of 16 ensure that you always get the one-on-one attention.
Professors teach in an online, multimedia format, giving you access to the learning tools you need to be successful — and to prepare you to take the next step in your career.
Faculty also engage in research, often with students, focused on generating evidence-based solutions to applied problems.
Their ultimate goal? To provide you with a world-class Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism education that directly relates to your applied work setting.
Our ABA master’s program has a specific focus on autism. It is approved by NYSED as a licensure-qualifying program for behavior analysts in New York State. It is also a Verified Course Sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as meeting coursework requirements to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination for BCBA certification.
You’ll gain hands-on experience through our applied activities in courses. The optional practicum track allows you to get the hours you need to complete the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) fieldwork as well as towards NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) fieldwork.
A thesis track is also available, and you can apply to be a research assistant.
“Many online programs offer an education, but don’t provide hands-on experience or practicum supervision. At Sage, you can get a rigorous education that covers the concepts and strategies while you fulfill the BCBA practicum requirement. That blend is really important, and there isn’t another program that offers that.”
M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism
Meet faculty, students and alumni of Sage’s ABA master’s program.
We know there are many different ways to measure success, but still, Karl Schmitt’s measurement is startling. He remembers the …
“We’re a great program. The faculty is carefully hand-picked. We make sure everyone has demonstrated excellence in working in the field.”
Sam Blanco, PhD, LBA, BCBA
When Sam Blanco started out in teaching, she remembers how when she would walk into a classroom for the first …
Your Future with a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism
Graduates of our Applied Behavior Analysis program pursue doctorates, become Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Licensed Behavior Analysts and work in a variety of settings.
Recent graduates of Sage’s ABA master’s program are behavior technicians and behavior therapists with schools, school districts and in education and health care-related practices in New York state and across the country. Graduates also serve as executive directors, directors of training and in similar leadership roles at organizations serving individuals on the autism spectrum.
Licensure or Certification for Behavioral Analysts
When you complete the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s degree, you’ll meet all the coursework requirements needed to take the NYSED LBA and BCBA exams.
Russell Sage College graduates have exceeded the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) pass rate for this exam, with a pass rate of 72% versus the national average of 65%.
The result? After completing our program, you’ll have met the coursework requirement for the BACB and the New York State Education Department requirements for licensure or certification as a Behavioral Analyst.
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- two letters of recommendation (letters from a BCBA or BCBA-D are preferred)
- 1-2 page career goals essay
- current resume
Deadline: rolling admission for Fall, Spring semesters