Online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

Online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

Accelerate Your Career in Applied Behavior Analysis

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, the online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons University, is dedicated to preparing the next generation of practitioners in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Each aspect of the program prepares students for certification and enhances their ability to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

Weekly, Live,
Online Classes

19-Month Master's

Scores Required


BCBA® Exam Pass Rate
Graduates of Simmons’ on-campus programs boast an 83% average BCBA® exam pass rate compared to the national average of 65%.1

Prepare for BCBA® Certification

Our program provides students with the tools to take and pass the BCBA® exam. Our rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum is verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and incorporates the mentoring and supervision hours required to sit for the exam.

"The program at Simmons does a great job touching on a wide range of topics and applications in ABA. Even as I’ve taken on new roles and more responsibilities, the things I encounter at work still relate back to things I learned in the classroom."

Ashley Williams, '12SW, Program Director,
Applied Behavior Analysis Consultation and Services (ABACS)

Our Simmons professors are leading experts in applied behavior analysis, and many are directly involved in field research. They bring with them extensive practice experience at some of the most well-known centers for applied behavior analysis in the New England area.

Mentoring and Supervision Included

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons meets the BACB® requirements for the Intensive Practicum model, meaning that students will fulfill the 750 hours of mentoring and supervision required to sit for the BCBA® exam as part of the program. Individual and group mentoring is a critical component of our online master’s in ABA, and ensures that students get the real-life training and individual feedback they need to be effective practitioners. Learn more about Simmons’ mentoring and supervision component.

An Interactive Online Experience

With classes offered fully online, BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons is designed to fit into the lives of busy professionals working in the field who want to earn a master’s in applied behavior analysis. The face-to-face classes, collaborative projects, and faculty guidance enable students to actively participate in their learning. Learn more about Simmons’ online student experience.

Live, Face-to-Face Classes

Each week, students join classmates and professors for live classes hosted via webcam. Classes consist of approximately 15 students, and students can meet individually with professors during dedicated online office hours.

Weekly Online Course Content

Multimedia coursework expands on that week’s live session and prepares students for their next class discussion. To accommodate our students’ schedules, assignments can be completed at any time during the week.

Applying to the Program

Simmons University evaluates candidates by their ability, aptitude, and promise for academic success in the program and beyond. To apply to BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, students should first review the application requirements and deadlines. After requesting information, an admissions counselor will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have about the program or the admissions process.

No GRE scores are required.

Application Requirements

All candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission. The following materials are required to apply:

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Personal essay
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts

Career Outlook for Behavior Analysts

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

Growth in jobs between 2012 and 2014 that required a BCBA2

or more annual earnings reported by more than half of BCBAs in 20143

With a master’s in ABA from Simmons, students will develop the 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

Request information today to learn more about BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons or contact an admissions counselor at 1-844-622-2872.

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1 Based on 2017 first-time BCBA® exam takers, the most recent year for which results are available, as reported by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board®.
2 Burning Glass Technologies on behalf of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. US Behavior Analyst Workforce: Understanding the National Demand for Behavior Analysts, page 6. Viewed online August 21, 2018.
3 Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. 2014 U.S. Professional Employment Survey: A Preliminary Report, page 10. Viewed online March 16, 2017.