About Our Master of Science Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

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The Master of Science (MS) Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. Surveys and interviews with potential employers have shown there is high demand for master’s degree level graduates to fill positions such as directors, supervisors, and case managers in mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, developmental disability, and child welfare agencies, as well as consultants in schools and early education and care programs. Educational opportunities include advancement to doctoral programs in public health and the behavioral and social sciences. Download general flyer.

The unique and distinctive curriculum of the MSCABH:


This interdisciplinary program includes core courses and electives addressing emerging national priorities, including:

Related Programs in CFS

The MSCABH program is located within the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus.


Thesis and Applied (Non-Thesis) Tracks

The MSCABH program offers both a thesis track and an applied (non-thesis) track that includes field experience and a project.

Thesis Track Requirements:
Students selecting the Thesis Track will complete 6 hours of thesis research. The thesis will consist of original research designed and conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The student will conduct the thesis research study once approved by the committee, then write the thesis document and defend the study before the committee.

Applied Track Requirements:
Students selecting the Applied Track will complete 6 credits of field placement and complete a related final paper. The student will assemble an Applied Track Committee that includes their faculty advisor and a second faculty member. This committee must approve the field placement site, the topic of study, and the final paper.


Concentrations within the MSCABH are:

Child & Family Studies