Online MA in ABA


ABA Overview

Earn the degree you need to enhance your career with USF’s Online MA in ABA.  For information on admission deadline, courses and program requirements, visit the 2023-2024 USF Academic Catalog.

The mission of the Online Master of Arts program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is to address the nationwide shortage of behavior analysts by training students to become ethical scientist-practitioners in this field. Our program is designed to prepare students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for board certification and empower them to contribute effectively and significantly to the communities they serve. Through a blend of rigorous coursework and opportunities for practical training, we are committed to preparing our students to become leaders in applied behavior analysis.

Fall admission deadline: June 1
Spring admission deadline: October 15

Features of the Online MA ABA program

The  fully online Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis offers a flexible program that prepares students to meet all fieldwork and academic requirements to become a board certified behavior analyst upon graduation.

View our infographic to review a few of the outstanding features of our Online MA ABA program.

  • Verified course sequence delivered fully online in only 5 semesters.
  • Classes developed by doctoral level behavior analysts with decades of ABA teaching experience.
  • Seven classes you need to sit for the BCBA exam embedded within the MA program**.
  • Practicum Seminars to guide your Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork activities where you will acquire 1,500 hours of supervised experience required by the BACB.
  • Independent research courses to guide you through the process of conducting a literature review and creating a research proposal.
  • No GRE requirements.
  • In-state tuition rate for out-of-state students.
  • Instructors teach 1 course at a time to provide their students maximal attention.
  • Scholarship opportunities.
  • And more...!


There is no right answer on whether to pursue an online or face-to-face program. Download our comparison guide to consider your options.

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*The Online MA in ABA degree does not accept tuition waivers, including State or USF employee waivers. It is a separate program from the on-campus MS in ABA degree at USF.

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The Online Ma ABA program is designed to ensure that you meet the BACB requirements to be eligible to sit for the BCBA exam. Individual states may have additional requirements (e.g., additional experience hours; supervision by a licensed behavior analysts) that must be met to attain license to practice as a behavior analyst. Graduates are responsible for checking whether our program meets your local state's licensing laws for behavior analysts.

The Association for Professional Behavior Analysts provides information on individual state licenses and other regulations of ABA practitioners by state at If you require any documentation from our program to meet your state's licensing requirement, call 813-974-3096 for assistance.