Master of Science in ABA
Scholarship Opportunities for New ABA Master's Students
All students accepted in the ABA Master's Program are eligible to apply to participate in Project ABA, a 5-year $1.06 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H325K140309), which aims to prepare 20 highly qualified behavior analysts to contribute to evidence-based practices (EBP) in Applied Behavior Analysis for children with autism.
Graduate students will be prepared to:
- Select and incorporate EBP in designing intervention plans for children with autism across all grade levels.
- Use various assessment methods to identify child strengths and needs and to develop goals and objectives in the core deficit areas related to autism.
- Assess child behaviors using functional behavioral assessment methods.
- Develop positive behavioral interventions and supports.
- Design multi-component intervention plans with contextual fit.
- Collaborate with educators, families, and other team members in all aspects of intervention development, implementation, and evaluation.
- Provide training and consultation support to educators and families to implement interventions with fidelity.
- Collect and analyze monitoring data to assist teams with decision-making.
- Incorporate technologies into interventions and service delivery.
- Evaluate EBP outcomes for children with autism.
Project ABA will prepare 4 cohorts of 5 students on a 2-year cycle. Through evidence-based practices course work and practicum experience, the project will prepare the students to graduate with a Master's degree in ABA as well as with a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification and a Positive Behavior Support certificate, and to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
In order to be eligible for the Project ABA program, a student must:
- Have been accepted into the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Program at USF
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
- Have goals consistent with the program
- Have a strong interest in providing services to children with autism in the public school system
All students accepted in the ABA Master's Program are eligible to apply to participate in Project ABA. The ABA Master's Program will attach a Project ABA application form to each student's offer of admission letter. Interested applicants should submit an application including an application form, a letter of intent, and a curriculum vita.
Project ABA Support
The ABA Project students will receive
- Paid tuition (in-state rate)
- Out-of-state tuition waiver available for non-Florida residents
- A yearly stipend for full-time 12-month participation
- Financial assistance for conference attendance and textbooks