There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.
Application Deadline (domestic application)
Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:
Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.
Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.
Program Admission Requirements
- Three letters of reference from professors and/or employers who know the applicant well
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- One-page narrative describing the applicant’s experiences, training, and interest in Applied Behavior Analysis and in the Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at USF.
- GRE Scores on the general subtests
The primary assumption underlying admission to the M.A. program is that every student accepted is capable (a) of successfully completing his or her respective program and (b) of performing competently in the field as an Applied Behavior Analyst. Applicants are selected based on their potential to benefit from the program and their potential to contribute both to the Program and the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Within the admissions process, a culturally diverse student body is actively recruited, and applicants of academic and professional promise are not systematically excluded on the basis of race, ethnic origin, gender, age, religion, lifestyle, sexual orientation, or physical handicap. The admissions process is selective, but flexible--all pertinent data submitted for consideration will be evaluated as an entire package. The evaluation process, however, does involve both academic and interpersonal considerations. The profession of Applied Behavior Analysis requires that the practitioner possess personal characteristics as well as academic and technical competencies, and the admissions process attempts to evaluate both these areas.
Admission to the program is based on past academic work; coursework in ABA, a CV outlining relevant work, volunteer, and extracurricular experience in applied behavior analysis; letters of recommendation; and a statement of ABA interests, and professional goals. Students may apply, after conferral or anticipated conferral of their Bachelor's degree. Applications should be submitted by February 15 to be considered for application in the following fall term. Late applications will be considered if space in the program is available.
For admission to the master’s program, the student must secure a practicum site and a practicum supervisor approved by the graduate program director. The practicum supervisor must sign a Memorandum of Agreement agreeing to supervise the student in accordance with the expectations of the Program
A decision about each applicant's candidacy is made by the Program Director based on the strength of the applicant’s record and his/her:
- Academic record and experiences as an undergraduate
- Career goals and their compatibility with those of the program
- Potential for successful completion of the program
- Sensitivity to the needs of potential client populations
- Interpersonal skills
- Communication skills, both oral and written
NOTE: The Program Director reserves the right to contact all references identified by the candidate.
Admissions Status: Apply