Earn an Online Master’s Degree

Applied Behavior Analysis

Advance your Career and Prepare for the BCBA Exam

Become a Certified Practitioner in the Fast-Growing ABA Field

There is a growing need nationally and internationally for skilled behavior analysts who can work effectively in the fields of developmental disabilities, autism, education, child protective services, child behavior disorders, rehabilitation, mental health, business, and technology.

Gain the skills needed to create behavior change for your clients with USF’s Online MA in Applied Behavior Analysis. The rigorous curriculum will prepare you to work with children and adults, so you can take the next steps to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Why Choose USF’s ABA Program?


Meet Certification Requirements

Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam



Study Online

Learn from anywhere and continue to work



Gain Hands-On Experience

Apply what you learn through fieldwork and Practicum Seminar



Graduate Rapidly

Finish your degree in as few as five semesters



“Although I was accepted into three programs, I chose USF because I appreciate their academic programming. They have much to offer both academically and professionally.”

– Yaniece Dent, MA, BCBA, Class of 2018

ABA-Testimonial Kaylin-h

“The professors at USF truly care about you and your well-being and want to help you be successful.”

– Kaylin H., MA, BCBA, Class of 2018

ABA-Testimonial Bacotti

“All of my professors were attentive and well equipped to manage any individualized attention or feedback I needed.”

– Janelle Bacotti, MA, BCBA, Class of 2017

ABA-Testimonial Wallace

“USF approves savvy practicum supervisors to mentor students during their graduate internships, which is an imperative component in becoming an exceptional BCBA.”

– Kiblena Wallace, MA, BCBA, Class of 2018

Pass the BCBA Exam

You’ll learn the skills needed to be an effective behavior analyst and the credentials to back it up. USF's ABA students complete an exam preparation program to help them prepare for the certification exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As of 2020, our program has been updated to align with the 5th edition BCBA/BCaBA Task List, ensuring students receive appropriate and comprehensive preparation to pass the BCBA exam.


Graduate in Five Semesters

You won’t have to wait years to earn your master’s degree. This convenient online program can be completed in as few as five semesters.


Apply What You Learn in the Field

Our dual approach means you’ll not only explore behavior principles and procedures through coursework, but also apply behavior analysis skills in Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork experiences. You’ll be well prepared for new career opportunities in a variety of settings in this fast-growing field.


Do You Qualify for the Program?

Successful applicants should have:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university with minimum average course grades of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted while registered as an upper division student
  • A background in applied behavior analysis (ABA coursework and/or experience)
  • A BCBA with supervision training who is willing to provide supervision during the program

Choosing the Program That's Right for You

Both studying online and in person provide high-quality education and unique benefits. Explore the tuition differences between our online MA in ABA and classroom-based MS in ABA to find out which is the best fit for you.



Social Media Icons_FB White on Green   Social Media Icons_In White on Green   Social Media Icons_X  White on Green   Social Media Icons_Insta White on Green   Social Media Icons_Email White on Green

Schedule a Call with Erin Nolan
4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Copyright © 2023, University of South Florida. All rights reserved.