More employers across industries—including social work, education and more—are recognizing the benefits of applicants with a behavioral science background.
Learn to apply behavioral science techniques to life-changing careers in gerontology, pediatrics, brain injury rehabilitation, sustainability, education, and health and fitness.
- Develop skills to benefit you in organizational management, sports, sustainability, substance abuse disorders treatment, and more.
- Choose from flexible on-campus evening courses or distance education asynchronous courses to accommodate your schedule.
- Learn from faculty members who provide interactive educational opportunities in a student-focused environment and who are committed to fostering your academic and professional goals.
Please note that this degree does NOT prepare students to practice in any profession in New York state per NYSED’s Office of Professions.
If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York state, please refer to our ABA programs.
On-Campus and Online Options
- Master of Science in Behavioral Science and Human Services
- BCBA® Eligibility Course Sequence (not NYS license qualifying)
Online Program Option
This accelerated format includes cohorts starting in both fall and spring. Students learn from scientist practitioner faculty with diverse specialty areas and methods of service delivery who have learned from and trained with leaders in the field. Faculty mentors also provide opportunities for research and dissemination through publications and/or presentations at regional, state-wide, and national conferences.
This program is designed for students who are interested in continuing their education in behavioral science or behavior analysis, as well as professionals who are already working in their career paths and would like to add to their education and experience.
With this program, you can build on your current teaching, business, or other professional area of expertise with critical new knowledge and skills in behavior science.
Popular careers include:
- Behavior consultant
- Organizational change management coordinator
- Educational consultant
- Care coordinator
Daemen’s Center for Interprofessional Learning and Simulation (CILS) provides students experiential learning opportunities to promote best practice and collaboration. This leads to improved health and well-being outcomes for individuals, organizations, and communities!
- 30 credit program can be completed in two years on-campus, or 18 months online.
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%.
Successful completion of this course sequence is designed to fulfill the educational requirement to sit for the board certification exam. For more information visit https://www.bacb.com/. There is no degree or certificate from Daemen College at completion of this course sequence.
- BSHS 700 - Behaviorism
- BSHS 702 - Concepts of Principles of Behavioral Science
- BSHS 704 - Research Methods, Measurement and Experimental Design
- BSHS 706 - Functional Assessment in Human Services
- BSHS 708 - Ethics and Professional Conduct
- BSHS 710 - Behavior Change Procedures
- BSHS 712 - Personnel Management and Record Keeping
Total program requirements = 21 credits
Additional Requirements for Certification
See www.bacb.com for more information.
On-Campus Programs: There is no application deadline for Fall 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Online Programs: Application deadline for Fall 2022 is September 6, 2022.
Students interested in applying to the should submit an application to the graduate admissions office which will be evaluated on the basis of:
Master’s Degree Program
- Possess a Bachelor’s degree (from an accredited college or university) in a related field related to learning or behavioral changes.
BCBA® Eligibility Program
- Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Provide official transcript(s) from all accredited colleges or universities attended indicating the award of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
- Provide evidence of a cumulative graduate grade-point average of at least 3.00.
- Provide a copy of a current resume, including all certifications and licensures.
- Provide two letters of reference: one from an academic source and one from a volunteer experience/internship/employer. Personal references, including those from clients and their families, will not be accepted.
- Complete and submit an original, well written, three to four page typed personal statement that focuses on the following points:
- Your experiences that influenced your interest in the field of behavioral science and human services.
- Your personal qualities that will be useful in working with other professionals in the area of behavioral science and human services.
- Your career goals and how an education in behavioral science and human services will help you achieve these goals. Be specific with regard to how you see yourself applying the skills and knowledge you will gain to a specific career and characteristics of clients.
- Describe how your undergraduate/graduate education has prepared you to succeed in a fast-paced, intensive graduate program. Include a description of specific courses that have provided you with the background to apply scientific principles to the study of human behavior.
- Discuss why you think it is important to study human behavior from a scientific/behavioral perspective as opposed to a psychoanalytic or cognitive perspective.