Program Overview

The Sage Colleges offers the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism, a program designed to meet the needs of working professionals who are dedicated to working with people diagnosed with autism. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the causes of the disorder, assessment strategies, and the various theoretical explanations of the disorder. Students will learn research design, the importance of empirical evidence, and the focus on experimentation to discern causes of behavior. This knowledge will be coupled with thorough training in the only therapeutic approach to the treatment of autism spectrum disorders that has empirical research to support its effectiveness with this population.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Official transcripts. International students must submit a WES report if previous degrees were obtained outside the United States. Students who received a degree in a non-English speaking country may be required to submit TOEFL scores. Undergraduate courses in statistics, history and systems of psychology and at least three other behavioral sciences courses. Two letters of reference. Career goals Statement. Current resume. A total of 41 credits for practicum track students and 33 credits for non-practicum track student are required.

    School Overview

    Russell Sage College was founded in Troy, New York, in 1916 by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage and named in honor of her late husband, who had left her his considerable fortune. Mrs. Sage was active in the women’s suffrage movement and founded the new college to offer women the means of independence through the combination of broad education in the liberal arts with preparation for specific professional careers. During World War II, an “emergency men’s division” was created and in 1942 the first graduate degree was conferred. In 1949, an Albany Division was opened, offering two-year, four-year and graduate degrees under the charter of Russell Sage College and extending the college’s mission to include the education of men on the second campus.

    Today, there are two undergraduate colleges and four graduate schools that make up the Sage Colleges:

    • Russell Sage College
    • Sage College of Albany
    • School of Professional and Continuing Education
    • Esteves School of Education
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Management

    Russell Sage Online, the distance learning component of The Sage Colleges, offers degree programs and courses in high-demand areas such as cybersecurity, business, accounting, applied behavior analysis, and more.


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