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    Sep 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, M.S.


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Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Contact Information

College: Behavioral and Community Sciences
Department: Child and Family Studies

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The M.S. in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health  is offered by the Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. This major will prepare students for careers in public and non-profit organizations serving youth and their families. This major will prepare students to serve in roles such as director, supervisor, case manager, evaluator, and consultant within these organizations. Students have the opportunity to focus their coursework on individual areas of interest, including leadership, developmental disabilities, research and evaluation, and youth and behavioral health.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE Preferred
  • Official transcripts
  • Three Letters of recommendation from academic, professional, and/or volunteer supervisors, preferably at least one letter from an academic faculty member
  • One page statement of goals/career objectives.  This should include why you are applying to this particular program, how you believe the program can help you achieve your goals, and any relevant experience in child & adolescent behavioral health.
  • A Resume/CV outlining academic, professional, and/or volunteer work/experience
  • Writing sample submitted in Essay portion of the online application. This can be from previous coursework or something written in a professional setting.
  • Complete a background check prior to Field Experience placements (if necessary)

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 39 Credit Hours

  • Core - 12 Credit hours
  • Other Required Courses - 21 Credit hours
  • Thesis/Non-Thesis - 6 Credit hours

Comprehensive Examination


All students must pass a written comprehensive examination. Students who do not pass on the first attempt must retake the exam in the semester immediately following the failed attempt. Students who do not pass the re-take exam may petition for a third attempt. Petitions are granted on a case-by-case basis and are dependent upon adequate justification for a requested third attempt. Students who fail the examination three times will be recommended for dismissal from the program.

Thesis/ Non-Thesis Field Experience (6 Credit Hours Minimum)


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