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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Applied Behavior Analysis (APB)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 42.2814
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 95
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 54

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Child and Family Studies Department (CFS)
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd MHC2113A
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Raymond Miltenberger
Phone: 813-974-5079
Email: miltenbe@usf.edu

Website: http://aba.cbcs.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely regarded as the most research-based intervention for individuals with autism. ABA is an applied science and a profession that provides services to meet the diverse needs of individuals. The emphasis of the ABA doctoral major is on the development of behavior analysts who are scientist-practitioners. Students graduating from the major will receive training through coursework and research and practice activities with community partners.

Major Research Areas:
ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis, autism, behavior, behavior analysis, behavior management, behavioral intervention, children, developmental disabilities, experimental analysis of behavior, functional assessment, positive behavior support.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: December 5
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Master's degree in behavior analysis or related field with strong behavior analysis content
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA in a master's major
  • GRE required, preferred scores of:
    • Verbal 40% or above
    • Quantitative 40% or above
    • Analytical 40% or above
  • Research experiences and expertise
  • Three strong letters of recommendation
  • Campus visit and interview with ABA faculty members
  • Personal statement describing experience and accomplishments in ABA, future goals, and reasons for applying
  • CV
Students entering the doctoral major with their master's degree are expected to have completed:
  • 18 credit hours of didactic coursework in behavior analysis in the following areas: Basic behavioral principles (3 credits), research methods (3 credits), conceptual foundation s(3 credits), applied behavior analysis (6 credits), and ethics (3 credits)
  • An accepted master's thesis, and
  • 10 hours of practicum seminar.
Students lacking in any of these prerequisites will be required to take classes in the doctoral major to cover the missing prerequisites.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours54 (Post-Master's)

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

15
 Experimental Analysis of Behavior I3
 Experimental Analysis of Behavior II3
 Research Methods II3
 College Teaching Seminar3
Conceptual Foundations chose from:3
6xxx Behavior Theory 
7xxx Verbal Behavior 
7xxx Seminar on Skinner's Writings 
7xxx Relational Frame Theory 
 

ELECTIVES

6
Elective courses in two areas of applied behavior analysis or other areas that complement the student's interests
7xxx Applied behavior analysis
Unrestricted content
 
Independent Research15 hours
15 credit hours of independent research are required.
 
Qualifying Exam
  • Successful completion of two literature review papers (approved by the student's advisor and the Graduate Director)
  • Passing score on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Certification Exam (Students who do not pass the exam may take the exam a second time)
 
Dissertation18 credit hours
MHS 798018
The dissertation will consist of original research designed and conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty adviser. The student will assemble a dissertation committee consisting of the adviser and three other faculty members (see Graduate School policy on Doctoral Committees for more details)
  • Completion of a dissertation proposal accepted by the dissertation committee
  • Successful defense of the dissertation proposal before the committee
  • Successful completion of the research
  • Successful completion of a dissertation manuscript accepted by the dissertation committee
  • Successful defense of the dissertation research before the committee


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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