Online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

Prepare to Become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

85% BCBA® Exam Pass Rate
Graduates of Simmons University’s MS in Behavior Analysis program boast an 85% average BCBA® exam pass rate — which is 20 percentage points higher than the average pass rate of 65% for first-time test takers in 2018. 1
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BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, the online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program from Simmons University, will prepare you to earn your certification as a behavior analyst and make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

Our faculty of established practitioners are committed to building strong relationships with students to help you learn how to assess behavior, communicate effectively, and achieve success in your career. Since the rise of behavior analytic professions and the launch of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) 20 years ago, Simmons has been a leader in the field through its dedication to behavior analysis coursework and research.

Our online master’s program meets the BACB experience standards — meaning students in the program will complete the hours of mentoring and supervision required to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam.

Scholarship Opportunities

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Mentoring and Supervision-Based Curriculum

Through a focus on both individual and group mentoring, our rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to apply advanced behavior analysis principles through hands-on learning. The mentorship component of the program ensures that students gain the support, real-life experience, and individual feedback they need to become effective practitioners. Learn more about Simmons’ mentoring and supervision component.

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence meets the ABAI's coursework eligibility requirements.

Students beginning classes with or after the January 2020 cohort will complete supervision under the new BCBA fieldwork requirements. Students will complete a total of 2,000 supervised fieldwork hours and 42 total credits for the master’s degree and can finish the program in as few as 23 months. Students will graduate with the necessary coursework and experience requirements needed to sit for the BCBA exam.

Learn more about the new BCBA fieldwork requirements.


Featured Courses

Verbal Behavior

Explore research on and practical applications of the analysis of verbal behavior.

Methodologies for Behavior Change II

Study the foundational procedures and protocols to accelerate and decelerate behavior changes in clients.

“The program has given me the confidence to demonstrate my knowledge of applied behavior analysis fluently and accurately when speaking to parents and other members of the learner’s education team.”

Jeniffer Colonna-Romano, BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons Graduate ’19

Applying to BehaviorAnalysis@

Simmons University evaluates candidates by their ability, aptitude, and promise for academic success in the program and beyond. Individuals who are interested in the online behavior analysis program should first review the application requirements and deadlines.

January 2020 Cohort

Priority Application Deadline
Friday, October 11, 2019

Final Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Classes Begin
Monday, January 13, 2020

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Gain the behavior analysis training and experience you need to become an effective practitioner.

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About Simmons University Online

Simmons University was founded in 1899 with the mission of helping students to lead meaningful lives and build successful careers. In 2012, Simmons decided to bring that mission online by offering graduate programs that provide students with the same supportive and welcoming learning environment as on campus.

Renowned Faculty

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons faculty is made up of educators, practitioners, and mentors who bring practical experience to the classroom. They are dedicated teachers committed to excellence and take pride in preparing their students to become the next generation of effective behavior analysts.

Career Services

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons students have access to a variety of career support resources, including résumé reviews, mock interviews, portfolio assessments, the Handshake networking platform, and access to the Virtual Career Center. In addition, students create valuable and lasting connections with faculty through mentoring sessions.

Career Outlook for Behavior Analysts

The job market for credentialed behavior analysts is promising, and demand is growing rapidly.

1,942% Increase in Demand

Annual demand for individuals holding BCBA/ Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral™ certification increased 1,924% from 2010 to 2018. Demand increased 127% from 2017 to 2018 alone. 2

Growing Demand

Demand for behavior analysts is highest in California, Massachusetts, Texas, Illinois, and Arizona. 2

With a master’s in behavior analysis from Simmons University, students will develop the behavior assessment skills necessary to advance into management or director roles. Graduates are prepared to pursue positions in a variety of settings, including:

  • Special education
  • Autism services
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Organizational behavior management
  • Instructional design
  • Consulting

Earn Your Master’s Online and Become a Certified Behavior Analyst

1 Based on 2018 first-time BCBA® exam takers, the most recent year for which results are available, as reported by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board®. The 85% statistic includes graduates of the online and on-campus programs. The 65% is the average pass rate of all first-time test takers in 2018. Return to footnote reference
2 Behavior Analyst Certification Board (2019). US employment demand for behavior analysts: 2010–2018. Littleton, CO: Author. Return to footnote reference