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Applied Behavior Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was developed in response to the increasing demand for professionals who are trained to design, implement, and supervise behavior analytic programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities. The ABA program at Manhattanville College will provide working professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to address these needs. Through a combination of coursework and an independent fieldwork experience, students will meet the requirements for taking the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Students will learn to be a behavior analyst

The aim of the Graduate ABA Sequence is to prepare students as scientist-practitioners who can use behavior analysis to solve problems of human importance. Students will learn to conduct descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provide behavior analytic interpretations of the results. Students will learn to administer and supervise behavior analytic interventions, including educational programs for a variety of students with and without disabilities and to analyze the effectiveness of their educational and behavioral programs.

Sequence Structure

This sequence is a graduate-level, six-course, 18-graduate credit series. It is designed to meet the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) academic requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. However, the courses can be taken for professional purposes quite apart from national certification.

Courses are offered, Fall, Spring, and Summer, during late afternoon or evening hours.  The normal rate of work is one course per semester, although it may be possible to accelerate near the end of a sequence.  Thus, the sequence normally takes 1½ to 2 years to complete.

Courses meet on campus or at a variety of off-campus locations, including The Putnam Northern Westchester BCOES campus in Yorktown Heights and North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY. 

Courses in the sequence carry a 50% discount off of regular graduate tuition.

BCBA Supervision


Manhattanville is pleased to offer BCBA Group supervision by our experienced doctoral and master level BCBA-D/BCBAs. If you are interested in being supervised by our highly qualified team, please contact Dr. Francine Baffa at   or 203.561.2365 for further details.

Guidelines and Requirements for BCBA Supervision Hours (based on BACB standards) 




  • Applicants may not start accumulating experience until they have begun the coursework required to meet the BACB coursework requirements
  • Supervisees must accumulate a minimum of 10 hours per week, but no more than 30 hours per week for a minimum of 3 weeks per month of supervised independent fieldwork hours

  • For hours counting towards BCBA supervised experience, supervisees need to be engaged in activities whose primary focus is on learning new behavior analytic skills related to the BACB Fourth Edition Task List

  • Supervisees must work with multiple clients during the experience period

  • Students will be supervised at least once every 2 weeks for 5% of their total supervised independent fieldwork hours

  • No more than half of the total supervised hours will be provided in a small group of 10 or fewer participants. The other remaining half or more of supervised hours will consist of direct one-to-one contact

BCBA Certification

To be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination, the BACB requires that applicants:

1.     Complete the BACB-approved six-course series, and

2.     Hold a master’s degree in a field acceptable to the BACB, and

3.     Complete 1,500 hours of Fieldwork and Practicum Experiences,
         including 75 hours of experience supervised by a BCBA.

Interested students are encouraged to visit the BACB’s website ( and carefully read all of the information under the section entitled “Becoming Certified.” Requirements pertaining to acceptable master’s degrees and Supervised Fieldwork and Practicum Experience are set by the BACB. All questions regarding these should be directed to the BACB.

The full complement of requirements represents a substantial commitment of time and effort, and should be fully understood before applying.  

Masters Degree

For those candidates who do not hold a Masters degree, the 18 credits can be incorporated into a Masters of Education Studies here at the college.  This degree does not lead to any NY State teaching certificate, but applies to the national BCBA certificate.  For further information, contact the Office of Graduate Advising at 914 323-5366 or


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Admissions requirement

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

For more information about the ABA program, please contact Dr. Francine Baffa at or 914-323-1317.