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Demand for behavior analysts is increasing: Over the past 11 years, demand for behavior analysts holding BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 4,209%.

Program Options

Daemen University offers programs that make you eligible to become certified and licensed in behavior analysis.

On-Campus and Online Options

We offer a flexible, hyflex, synchronous program. Students can choose to attend synchronous class meetings on campus or online. On campus/synchronous online courses are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm. A fully online, asynchronous program is also available

On-Campus Program Start Date
  • September 3, 2024
    (Application Deadline: August 9th, Deposit Deadline August 16th)
Online Program Start Dates
  • September 3rd, 2024
    (Application Deadline: July 12th, Deposit Deadline July 26th)

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The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified courses within Daemen's ABA MS and Advanced Certificate Programs toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Program Benefits

  • Daemen’s reputable ABA program holds the highest standards of both New York State licensure and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc®. 
  • Program was one of the first in New York State to be approved for licensure in ABA.
  • On-campus evening courses or distance education asynchronous courses accommodate the working professional.
  • Faculty have been instrumental in working with professional associations and NYSED to update the laws, rules, and regulations related to ABA and behavioral science.
  • Faculty studied with the founders and leaders of the field. They have diverse and extensive experience and pass along exceptional opportunities to students.
  • Students practice the development and evaluation of assessment and intervention, including behavior measurement, assessment, change elements, procedures, and systems.
  • Students learn ethical and professional practice in working with families, members of the community, and other practitioners.
  • Amherst campus and distance education programs have partnerships with service agencies across many areas of New York, nationally, and internationally for students to gain valuable experience.
  • Faculty provide interactive educational opportunities in a student-focused environment and are committed to fostering each student’s academic and professional goals.
  • Students have opportunities to develop scientific and professional writing, collaboration, and oral presentation skills necessary to become well-rounded scientist practitioners.

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Career Outlook

Graduates work in many settings, including schools, clinics, homes, community organizations, vocational programs, and hospitals.

Popular careers include:

  • Licensed behavior analyst
  • Board certified behavior analyst®
  • Behavior analyst
  • Behavior consultant
  • Clinical specialist
  • Behavior specialist
  • Behavior intervention specialist
  • Behavioral health specialist
Other professionals who can benefit from an ABA license include:
  • Educators
  • School administrators
  • Psychologists
Francesca D’Arrigo, ’20


Francesca D’Arrigo, ’20

Behavior intervention specialist, Junior Consultant, Parent Trainer, Blue Sea Educational Consulting

Sean Lehane, ’19


Sean Lehane, ’19

Program coordinator, Newmeadow Inc., an integrated ABA-focused preschool in upstate, NY