The Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Course Series



 This program is a graduate-level, six-course series developed in partnership with the School of Professional Development. It is designed to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) academic requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. 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 Supervised Fieldwork and Practicum Experience.


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. Although it is not a requirement for admission, it is strongly recommended that students have experience and a strong commitment to the field of applied behavior analysis. Because of the supervised fieldwork and practicum requirement, it is also suggested that you currently hold certification in a profession that will permit you to obtain a position in which you can meet the supervised fieldwork requirements.



The program begins in the Fall semester, and students may take only course per semester in the order indicated below. Courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer session I. The course schedule is as follows:


Year One

Fall                    CEZ 570  Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis

Spring                CEZ 571  Applied Behavior Analysis I

Summer I           CEZ 573  Effective and Ethical Service Provision


Year Two

Fall                    CEZ 572  Applied Behavior Analysis II

Spring                CEZ 574  Research Methods

Summer I           CEZ 575  Other Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis


All classes meet in the evening. Fall and Spring courses meet once a week; Summer I courses meet twice a week.



 Application Information

Admission to the program is limited. Applications are reviewed by the Cody Center Admissions Committee. There are separate application instructions for new students and for current SPD students:


 New Students

Applicants to the program who are not current SPD students are required to submit the following materials:


  • Application for Non-matriculating Graduate Student (GSP) status and nonrefundable $90 application fee;
  • Official transcript from an accredited college or university reflecting conferral of a Master's degree;
  • Personal Statement (500 words maximum), explaining your reasons for pursuing the ABA six-course series and describing any/all previous experience in the field of autism and/or applied behavior analysis.

New students planning to enroll in Cody Center graduate courses must apply to SPD as a non-matriculated graduate student (GSP). Completed applications are due by Friday, July 31, 2015, for the Fall 2015 semester.  Applications are accepted online via Apply Yourself. All applicants must provide a valid email address and must be using a web browser (e.g., Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer) that is Javascript-enabled (as most browsers are). If you have any questions about the technical requirements, see the Apply Yourself website.



  • Students accepted to the Cody Center Graduate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis are eligible to take the full six-course series, and may also enroll in other SPD courses or courses offered throughout the University, as available to GSP students.
  • Students are advised to keep all Stony Brook records, including departmental correspondence, payment and registration receipts, etc., for reference and verification.
  • GSP students are usually not eligible for financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid Office (631.632.6840).
  • Tuition rates for non-matriculated graduate students (GSP) are based on the course level. The Bursar's Office has detailed information on tuition and fees.
  • International student applicants requesting F1 or J1 visas are normally required to be matriculated in a degree or advanced graduate certificate program. Non-matriculating graduate student (GSP) status does not fulfill this requirement.

To Apply

To complete the application process, you will need to do the following:


  • Go to the Apply Yourself website and click on the "Create Account" button. By creating an account, you will receive a unique ID so that you can check your application status online.
  • Check the "Yes" box on the Apply Yourself application following the statement: "I am applying for ABA courses."
  • Submit the nonrefundable $90 application fee via credit card. (Instructions are on the Apply Yourself website.) Completed applications are due by Friday, July 15, 2015, for the Fall 2015 semester.
  • Submit a Personal Statement, 500 words maximum, that explains your reasons for wanting to take the ABA six-course series and describe any previous experience/s in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis.
  • Print, fill out, and return the Immunization Form (PDF).
  • Submit an official copy of your transcript that reflects the conferral of a Master's degree to:


School of Professional Development
N-201 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310 (entire zip code must be used)

Individuals considering pursuing Board Certification in Behavior Anaysis should, as a first step, carefully review all the information on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website, The full complement of requirements represents a substantial commitment of time and effort, and should be fully understood before embarking on the course requirement. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of BACB policies and deadlines.

The courses are open to students who have earned a baccalaureate at an accredited university or college. However, a master's degree in a field approved by BACB is required to sit for the BCBA examination. Although it is not a requirement for admission, it is highly recommended that only those students with a serious commitment to the field of behavior analysis consider enrolling in these courses. Prior experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities using behavior analytic principles is strongly recommended.

Information about tuition rates for graduate courses at Stony Brook University can be found at

Last updated by patricia.bashe on October 02, 2014

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