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Simmons University Master of Science in Behavior Analysis online

Prepare to make a lasting impact in your community as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®), with an online MS degree in behavior analysis from the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons University.

About the program

  • 86% BCBA® Exam First Time Pass Rate: In 2022, 86% of students who completed the 5th edition curriculum and took the 5th edition exam passed on the first attempt, compared to the national first attempt pass rate of 55%. Note: Students who completed the 4th edition curriculum (last offered in 2019) and waited to take the 5th edition exam in 2022 had a 44% pass rate on the first attempt.³
  • Practicum Courses: Across two practicum courses, students will complete experiential learning activities and projects to develop clinical and research skills. Students will also complete a thesis research project.
  • Leader in the Field: Simmons has been a leader in the field of behavior analysis for more than 20 years. Learners who graduate from this program become part of an ongoing legacy.

About Simmons University

Simmons University was founded in 1899 with one mission: to help learners build successful careers and lead meaningful lives. This mission continues with the online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program. Today, learners across the country can train to become effective clinicians with Simmons, and pay it forward by making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Practice-based curriculum

The 40-credit BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons curriculum explores the science behind behavior analytic principles and teaches learners how to apply them to a wide array of real-world applications. Simmons’ renowned faculty go beyond teaching strategies for behavior change — they teach students the science of behavior, training them to become data-based designers and evaluators of behavior change programs. Learners graduate prepared to continue their fieldwork experience, in order to take the exam and practice in a variety of settings. Applicants will need to meet additional eligibility requirements and demonstrate they reside in an authorized country before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Featured courses include:

  • Behavioral Assessment: Learn how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment including planning, taking data, interpreting data, composing narrative reports, and establishing rapport with clients.
  • Methodologies for Behavior Change I: Study the foundational procedures and protocols to accelerate and decelerate behavior changes in clients.
  • Verbal Behavior: Explore research on and practical applications of the analysis of verbal behavior.
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Admissions

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Current résumé

  • One essay

  • Official transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

  • GRE scores (optional)


Experiential Learning

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Our rigorous, practice-based curriculum prepares students to lead the implementation, evaluation, and administration of applied behavior analytic principles and methods. Our curriculum and course sequence are verified by the Association of Behavior Analysis International

Learners complete two, 4-credit Practicum courses, and must complete 90 behavior analytic experience hours to graduate. Students meet weekly with their practicum instructor and complete experiential learning activities and projects to develop clinical and research skills.

Across the two Practicum courses, students will complete a thesis equivalent research project.

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