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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Applied Behavior Analysis (APP)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 42.9999
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 44

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

The master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is designed to meet growing needs in Florida and nationally for practitioners who can work effectively in the fields of developmental disabilities, autism, education, child protective services, child behavior disorders, rehabilitation, mental health, and business and technology. ABA provides an approach for developing, implementing, and evaluating practical strategies to produce changes in socially significant behaviors of individuals in the context of community settings. Three important features characterize the scientific basis upon which ABA is built: a) it focuses upon objectively measurable behavior of individuals; b) it studies environmental influences upon the targeted behaviors; and c) it places a premium upon single-subject research designs to analyze the effects of different environmental variables.

The 44-credit-hour master's degree in ABA is in the department of Child and Family Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Students demonstrate knowledge of behavioral principles and procedures in courses that constitute a core curriculum, demonstrate applied behavior analysis skills through supervised practicum experiences, and complete a data based thesis. The major is designed to prepare students to meet the standards to be Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). It will prepare them for employment in a variety of fields where there are growing demands for competent professionals with expertise in applied behavior analysis.

Philosophy
The systematic analysis and application of behavioral principles is an extensive repertoire of professional behaviors. In the USF ABA major, these skills are acquired as students move through the sequenced curriculum of coursework and practicum experiences. The curriculum requires application of behavior analytic principles, with direct supervision by faculty and BCBA supervisors. Students participate in practicum training in community agencies under the supervision of BCBAs. In addition to the 10-25 hours of behavior analysis practice they complete in their practicum sites each week, students also participate in practicum seminars each semester. In these seminars, the Practicum Coordinator discusses important practice issues and facilitates student discussion of their applied work. The supervision of the students’ research theses rests in the hands of designated core faculty members (i.e., “major professors”). Major Professors serve as mentors for the students by closely supervising their research and their progress through the major. Therefore, as students are mentored by their major professors during the major, a meaningful major professor-student relationship is essential.

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: February 15
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.

  • 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 in Applied Behavior Analysis at USF.
  • GRE Scores on the general subtests

Specific Procedures
The primary assumption underlying admission to the major. 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 major and their potential to contribute both to the major 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 the posted deadline to be considered for application in the following fall term. Late applications will be considered if space in the major is available.

For further Admissions Information, please visit Graduate Admissions.

A decision about each applicant's candidacy is made by the Graduate 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 major
  • Potential for successful completion of the major
  • Sensitivity to the needs of potential client populations
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills, both oral and written
NOTE: The Graduate Director reserves the right to contact all references identified by the candidate.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 44 hours

This is a cohort model with students completing the major in a face-to-face format on-campus. All courses must be earned with a grade of “B-“ or better.

Core requirement 24 hours
EDF 6215 (3) ABA Basic Principles
EDF 6217 (3) Behavior Theory
EDG 6931 (3) Observational Methods and Functional Assessment
EDG 6931 (3) Ethics in ABA
MHS 6100 (3) ABA in Complex Community Environments
PSY 6217 (3) Single-Subject Design
MHS 6xxx (3) Exp. Analysis of Behavior
MHS 6xxx (3) Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities

Comprehensive Exam
The student’s thesis proposal will constitute the comprehensive exam.

Thesis and Practicum 20 hours (Offered face-to-face)
Practicum Seminar (10 hours)
MHS 6940 (2-4) Practicum in Behavior Analysis in Community Settings

Thesis (10 hours)
MHS 6971 (2-6) Thesis in Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Sequence
Below is the program of study for the Applied Behavior Analysis major.

Fall semesteryear 1
EDF 6215 (3) ABA Basic Principles
EDG 6931 (3) Observational Methods and Functional Assessment
PSY 6217 (3) Single-Subject Design
MHS 6940 (2) ABA Practicum

Spring semesteryear 1
EDF 6217 (3) Behavior Theory
EDG 6931 (3) Ethics in ABA
MHS 6100 (3) ABA in Complex Community Environments
MHS 6940 (2) ABA Practicum

Summeryear 1
MHS 6940 (2) ABA Practicum
MHS 6971 (2) Thesis

Fall semesteryear 2
MHS 6xxx(3) Exp. Analysis of Behavior
MHS 6xxx (3) Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities
MHS 6940 (2) ABA Practicum
MHS 6971 (4) Thesis

Spring semesteryear 2
MHS 6940 (2) ABA Practicum
MHS 6971 (4) Thesis


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


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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.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

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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