PhD in ABA

PhD Funding



Admitted students to the ABA doctoral program are automatically awarded a competitive graduate assistantship. No additional application is required. Assistantships include four years of tuition coverage, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. The monthly stipend equates to around $27,000 in the first year, $30,000 in the second year, and $35,000 in years three and four (if required). The assistantship is a 12-month appointment requiring 20 hours of work per week. Students are required to teach classes, assist faculty with research, and other duties as assigned. Graduate assistants receive a health insurance subsidy.

Partial waivers of both in-state and out-of-state tuition fees will be given to graduate students who are appointed as graduate teaching/research assistants or associates. Students receiving tuition waivers will be responsible for fees associated with credit hours taken.

Doctoral students also receive up to $1000 per conference for two conferences per year (FABA and ABAI). Additional funding may be approved upon request.


The State of Florida's McKnight Doctoral Fellowships are for African American or Hispanic US citizens who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Up to 50 McKnight Fellowships are granted each year to students pursuing doctoral degrees in eligible fields of study at one of nine participating institutions in Florida. The University of South Florida is one of the participating institutions and business is one of the eligible fields of study. Interest students apply directly to the Florida Education Fund. For more information, please reference the McKnight website.