Master of Professional Studies In Applied Behavior Analysis

Program Description

An emerging and highly popular track in the field of behavior modification, ABA is devoted to understanding and improving human behavior and quality of life. This is accomplished through the application of scientific methodology to real-world problems and solutions.

The Manhattanville 37-credit Master’s of Professional Studies is designed to train the student in the emerging field of ABA and certify the student as an LBA and BCBA, all at the graduate level.

ABA has applications in business and industry; autism, and intellectual disabilities; education at all levels; treatment of psychiatric disorders and family relationships; geriatrics; general and specialty medicine; and numerous other areas. Its primary application, however, is in the treatment of autism, and job opportunities in the field are at an all-time high.

Students who successfully complete the M.P.S. in ABA are eligible to sit for the LBA and BCBA exams and certify as NYS LBAs (Licensed Behavior Analyst) and BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree. The practice is used extensively in education, healthcare, and business management. It is particularly prominent in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), for which it is considered a scientifically valid therapy.

The Manhattanville College Master of Professional Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 37-creditgraduate program ideal for an individual who wishes to pursue a career in the field of ABA. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Licensure through NYS and take the BCBA Exam for certification from the BACB. This Master degree in ABA was specifically 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 disorders, and for a variety of other students with and without disabilities. The aim of the Graduate program in ABA is to prepare students as scientist-practitioners who can use behavior analysis to solve problems of human importance.

Among the career options available to an LBA are: Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, Behavior Consultant, Behavior Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Behavior Interventionist, and more.

Behavior Analysts made U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Best Jobs of 2017, and full-time practitioners in NYS earn as much as $100,000 annually

No. Sara Schenirer is not a college or a degree-granting institution. Degrees are offered through accredited partner colleges. MPS students are students of Manhattanville college which confers their degrees.

We are proud to have partnered with Manhattanville College, a highly ranked private, liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, located in the village of Harrison, NY. All degree programs offered at Manhattanville College are authorized and approved by the New York State Education Department. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and it has received accreditation for its teaching programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

There are two credentials that professionals in the field of ABA seek to acquire:

  • New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) – Required to practice in NYS
  •  Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) – Required to practice nationally

Detailed information about both can be found at this link.

The Master of Professional Studies in ABA from Manhattanville College is approved by New York State for licensure as a Behavior Analyst (LBA), and by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board for national certification (BCBA).
The program will help guide students through the complex requirements and processes for national certification and for New York State licensure.

This accelerated degree can be completed in five semesters.

Provided you do not yet have a master’s degree, this is the ideal program for you. To understand why this is the case, please review the “How to Choose the Degree Program that’s Right for You” sheet that is available here.

As stated above, there are two credentials you can earn through this program, LBA (NYS) and BCBA (BACB). To apply for NYS licensure, students must complete 1,500 hours of supervised internship, which includes150 direct-supervision hours. The required supervision hours are embedded within the course requirements beginning the second semester. Students who complete the required internship hours will be eligible to apply for licensure and take the licensing exams following graduation.
The apply for the BCBA certification, students must complete 2,000 hours of supervised internship. They may already start earning hours during the first semester. Utilizing their first semester hours and those earned subsequently, student can complete all 2,000 hours during the course of the program.

There are numerous agencies and fieldwork opportunities available throughout the tri-state area. Students are free to arrange their own fieldwork positions in the agency of their choice provided they will receive proper supervision.
For students who wish to avail themselves of our resources, Sara Schenirer/Manhattanville is excited to have partnered with Proud Moments ABA, a full-service ABA agency, which can provide all required internships for our students. Proud Moments ABA features numerous sites conveniently located throughout the tri-state area.

If you wish to complete the required supervision hours during the duration of the program, this will likely mean that you will not be able to maintain separate employment. Please note, however, that students are compensated for their fieldwork hours by the agency that they will be employed by. Students who wish to complete their required supervision hours at a slower pace, will have the option to do so. Details will be provided at registration.

If you already have a Master’s degree in the field of education, special education, or psychology, you may choose the 33-credit Advanced Certificate in ABA instead of the Master’s degree in ABA. The Advanced Certificate also leads to NYS licensure but requires fewer courses and features a lower tuition rate. Details on the Advanced Certificate are available on a separate document.

For 40 years, Sara Schenirer has offered high-quality education, accelerated degrees through partner colleges, an uncompromised environment, and outstanding professors. We are especially proud of the warm and supportive attention every single student receives throughout her years in Sara Schenirer. For students and parents alike, the world of college and degrees is confusing, costly, and difficult to navigate. We work extra hard along with our college partners, to offer personal guidance to every student to ensure their success and timely graduation.

• Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
• Schedule an exam, or submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Please see here for further information

Currently, due to Covid 19, all courses are offered online. Approximately half of the courses are offered live-online, while the remaining are asynchronous.
Classes will generally be held on Sunday mornings and one weekday evening – depending on the semester. However, because internship hours are such an integral aspect of the ABA training, class schedules will vary each semester to allow for the fulfillment of fieldwork requirements. Please seethe attached sample schedule for further details.

Thanks to a generous discounted rate offered exclusively to students registered through Sara Schenirer, the total cost for the full complement of coursework (37 credits x $549 per credit) is only$20,300!

Students loans are available for eligible students to cover the full cost of the master’s degree. Additionally, students will receive compensation from the supervising agency for their fieldwork hours.

The FAFSA application can be completed online at Manhattanville’s FAFSAschool code is 002760.

New cohorts begin each Fall and Spring.
Fall semesters begin in the beginning of September. Spring semester begins in January

Registration is now open. To apply, please click on this link and complete our online application. Once your application is submitted with all the required documents, an interview will be scheduled to continue the admissions process. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office 718-633-8557 ext. 32, or email, and as always, we will be happy to assist you further.

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Course Listing

EDU 5216

Cultural Pespectives

EDU 5640

ABA: Concept & Principles

EDU 5641

Ethical & Professional Conduct

EDU 5642

Measurment & Single Experimental Design

EDUC 5643

Developing & Increasing Behaviors

EDU 5644

Functional Behavioral Assessment

EDU 5645

Advanced Topics in ABA

EDU 5647

Verbal Behavior

EDU 5646

– Maintaining Client Records


Advanced Practicum in ABA I

EDU 5650/51

Advanced Practicum in ABA II

EDU 5653

Trends & Issues in ABA Research Hybrid Course

EDU 5573

Autisum Spectrum Disorder & Other Low Incidence Disorders

Career Paths

An LBA/BCBA enjoys a wide variety of career opportunities including serving as a consultant or full-time behavior analyst to school districts, clinical director of an agency, private program, or other organization that supports people with Autism, Home Program Team Leader in an agency that provides ABA therapy, Clinical Supervisor/Manager, Insurance Care Advocate for an insurance company, Parent/Staff Trainer, and Group Home Supervisor/Residential Facility Supervisor/Day Treatment Program Supervisor.




Average Annual Salary*

Per Indeed.Com for Brooklyn-based BCBA


Career Paths

Student loans are available for eligible students to cover the full cost of the master’s degree. Additionally, students will receive compensation from the supervising agency for their fieldwork hours. The FAFSA application can be completed online at Manhattanville’s FAFSA school code is 002760.

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