Master of Science in ABA


ABA Grads


Priority Admission Deadline is February 15, 2019!

Students are admitted into the masters program as full time students with the expectation that they will graduate with their master's degrees in two years. Students complete most of their course work in the first year of the program and complete their master's thesis research in the second year. Students participate in practicum training under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts in community agencies throughout both years in the program. Upon completion of the masters program, students are ready to sit for the certification exam administered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

Requirements for Admission

Students will be admitted to the program in the Fall semester. Students may apply after conferral or anticipated conferral of their bachelor's degree. Students who apply must have:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university with minimum average course grades of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted while registered as an upper division student; and
  • Background in applied behavior analysis (coursework and/or experience).

A complete application must include the following information required by the Graduate School:

  • USF Graduate School application.
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • One official transcript from all institutions of higher learning attended by the applicant.
  • GRE scores on the General Test

In addition, students must also submit:

  • Three letters of reference from professors and/or employers.
  • Current vita or resume.
  • One-page narrative describing the applicant's experience and interest in applied behavior analysis and interest in the Master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis at USF.

Admission Decision

A decision about each applicant's candidacy is made by the faculty based on:

  • Academic record
  • GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Applied behavior analysis coursework and/or experiences
  • Career goals and their compatibility with those of the program
  • Site and supervisor for practicum training