Priority Application Deadline: December 10, 2018
Final Application Deadline: January 22, 2019

What do BCBAs do?

Behavior analysts (BCBAs) focus on the direct behavioral outcomes of their interventions. They typically start by identifying current contexts that are responsible for behavioral problems, then design changes to those same contexts to promote better behavior. In doing so, the BCBA works with the people who play an active role in the context of the behavior, such as family, teachers, other caregivers, and other health care providers. Behavior analysts typically work directly with the client and caregivers to arrange practice opportunities to promote the desired behavior change.


Applied Behavior Analysis is a well-developed discipline among the helping professions, with a mature body of scientific knowledge, established standards for evidence-based practice, distinct methods of service, recognized experience and educational requirements for practice, and identified sources of requisite education in universities. Behavior Analyst Certification Board


Based on a curriculum that addresses behavioral theory and its real-world application, this two-year program prepares you to step into top positions in the field. Students will receive on-the-ground training in clinical settings arranged by CSUN, with faculty guidance each step of the way. You will learn how to conduct thorough behavioral assessments, implement and monitor evidence-based interventions, and consult with parents, caregivers, and school personnel while adhering to the profession's ethical guidelines. This cost-competitive degree also lays the groundwork for admission into the nation’s most prestigious ABA doctoral programs.

All courses are taught by doctoral-level faculty and feature BACB® approved content, including curriculum in human development, psychopathology, developmental disabilities (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder), and behaviorism. The program’s course work is designed to promote progressive development of behavior analytic skills. Upon graduating and successful completion of supervised fieldwork hours, you will be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination.*


  • 92% of CSUN's ABA graduates pass the BCBA exam on their first attempt. That's compared to a national average of just 65%. (See BACB pass rates)
  • On-campus and off-site practicum options are arranged for you so you can obtain the required supervised fieldwork hours.
  • Students could be eligible for paid positions with partnering agencies, federal work study, student assistantships, and more. In prior years, more than 80% of our students held at least one paid position.
  • Many students get hands-on experience such as working as a student assistant, presenting at conferences, or conducting research.
  • Upon graduating, 90% of our students have jobs in the field of Behavior Analysis.
  • CSUN’s cohort model lets you progress through the program with the same peer group. With this format, enrollment is guaranteed in all courses, leading to on-time graduation rates of 95% or higher.

*To qualify, applicants must also complete required supervised fieldwork hours.

Classroom practice with children.

Demand for behavior analyst positions more than doubled between 2012 and 2014, with 45% of demand concentrated in California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Burning Glass Technologies Workforce Report, 2015