This two-year program enables participants to both earn the master's degree and become eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination, which permits them to practice as board-certified behavior analysts. The program also provides graduates with the foundation necessary for pursuing doctoral degrees.
Offered in collaboration with the Department of Psychology in CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and taught by distinguished practitioners, this program is unique in that – in addition to providing practical training in applied behavior analysis – it also requires advanced coursework in human development, psychopathology, family relations and research methodology. Participants learn how to conduct thorough behavioral assessments, implement and monitor evidence-based interventions, and consult with parents, caregivers and school personal while adhering to the profession's ethical guidelines.
Designed to Meet the Needs of Working Professionals.
• Work-friendly schedule: This program features evening and weekend courses which provides students with the convenience of course completion while continuing to advance in their career.
• Cohort-format: Maximizes interaction with faculty and fosters the development of networking relationships with fellow participants.
• Distinguished faculty: Taught by prominent experts in their respective disciplines, CSUN’s ABA program has been ranked first among comprehensive universities preparing students who later earn doctorate degrees in psychology by the National Science Foundation (CSUN University Advancement).
Recent salary and job demand information from the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts indicates that there is considerable regional variation in BCBA salaries, which are generally highest in California.
California State University Northridge is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose language of instruction was not English, are required to take one of the following placement exams:
• TOEFL– Minimum scores accepted:
o Paper-Based test: 550
o Computer Based test: 213
o Internet-based test: 79
• IELTS – Minimum score of