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MS in Behavior Analysis & Interdisciplinary Autism Studies




What will I learn?

Behavior Analysis and Interdisciplinary Autism Studies is a 41-credit, licensure-qualifying program leading to a Master of Science degree. This program offers students education and training in the field of behavior analysis, the history of autism spectrum disorders, characteristics of autism, family systems, educational strategies, and interdisciplinary approaches to providing services and supports for individuals with autism and their families. The program meets the educational content requirements for New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) licensure as well as the coursework requirements for Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). As part of the coursework requirement, students will complete a supervised practicum to obtain the initial 150 hours of the required 1500 hours needed to qualify for the NY-LBA and the required 2000 hours needed to qualify for the BCBA.

Behavior Analytic Coursework

Students learn the foundational concepts and principles of the science of human behavior and learning that are the basis of the field of behavior analysis. The mission of our program is to train practitioners who make ethical, collaborative, culturally responsive, and data-based decisions in their practice in order to support and improve the lives of their students and clients.

Interdisciplinary Autism Studies

The interdisciplinary component of the program provides candidates with a comprehensive perspective on autism spectrum disorders, by incorporating coursework from several disciplines, including special education, communication disorders, human services, music therapy, and psychology.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (41 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

Start date

Expected August 2023


School of Education

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a 3.0 or better GPA in all undergraduate course work and a 3.0 or better GPA in an appropriate undergraduate major.

For international students

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL ibt: 80; IELTS: 6.5; PTE Academic: 53.

Application Deadline: For Fall Admission - April 1.

Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort may be submitted up until July 31st. Faculty will continue to review applications until space in the program is filled.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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