Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Health Sciences - Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S.)

Admissions Requirements (M.S.)   

Student Learning Outcomes   

Program Start Date Fall 2024

Program Overview

The USD Master of Science (MS) in Health Science, Specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), is a unique training program from the many BCBA programs you may have researched. Each of the seven ABA courses is a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), a requirement for sitting for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification Exam. Six of the seven classes are offered as an online synchronous course and are offered one class per semester for a total of 21 graduate credits. This is important as instructors will cover all critical ABA content necessary to prepare you for the national exam and provide real-life experiences and sometimes opportunities outside of class to further enhance your education. Additionally, you can round out your MS in Health Science, with a Specialization in ABA, by completing a Practicum, a Capstone Project, and an elective course within Health Science, resulting in 30 graduate credits for this degree. Learn more at

DELIVERY: Hybrid | USD-Sioux Falls

Master of Science, Health Sciences - Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization

Major Area Coursework - 30 Credit Hours

M.S. in Health Sciences without specialization

*Note: The M.S. in Health Sciences is not offered as a terminal degree. Students who are accepted to and enrolled in the Ph.D. in Health Sciences program but are unable to complete the dissertation may earn the M.S. in Health Sciences.

Health Sciences (M.S) curriculum  

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here:

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


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