Master of Science in ABA


ABA Class

For more information on requirements, courses and admission information, visit the 2023-2024 USF Academic Catalog. 

Courses in the ABA Master of Science Program:

  • Provide students with a body of knowledge in a systematic and organized fashion through readings and lecture material
  • Require active learning as student participate in class discussions and activities and make class presentations
  • Provide frequent assessment through daily quizzes, periodic exams, and other assignments (which are designed to motivate student to read and study material on a regular basis and to provide feedback on how well they are learning the material)
  • Make class as interesting and engaging as possible.

course sequence

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Fall Semester I

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Basic Principles
  • Observational Methods and Functional Assessment
  • Single Case Experimental Design
  • ABA Practicum

Spring Semester I

  • ABA in Complex Community Environments
  • Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Introduction to Research
  • ABA Practicum

Summer Semester I

  • Supervision & Training in ABA
  • Thesis

Fall Semester II

  • Behavior Theory
  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • ABA Practicum
  • Thesis

Spring Semester II

  • Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities
  • ABA Practicum
  • Thesis

Summer Semester II

  • ABA Practicum
  • Thesis


The USF Applied Behavior Analysis Program follows the fieldwork requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (, which requires 1,500 total hours of concentrated supervised fieldwork. Students work an average of 20 hours per week at ABA agencies (i.e., fieldwork sites) under the direct supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Fieldwork placements are available at a broad array of sites throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. View additional information.


The USF ABA Masters Program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).


The USF ABA Masters Program is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

  The USF ABA Masters Program includes a BCaBA (#51278) and a BCBA (#51192) course sequences verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).