Academic Overview

Emphasizing hands-on learning experiences, the BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons curriculum is focused on the full range of applications for the principles of behavior analysis. By concentrating on contemporary research and the science of behavior, students fully learn how to apply the principles of applied behavior analysis across a wide range of circumstances and gain a deeper understanding of these principles and how to apply them.

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence is verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and meets the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. Graduates of our on-campus programs boast an average Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination pass rate of 83%, compared to the national average of 65%.1

“We base our program on the broad field of behavior analysis. We cover both applied and experimental areas in a way that is more in depth than other programs.”
—Ronald Allen, PhD, BCBA-D, Associate Professor of Practice

Students are required to complete 40 credits of coursework over 19 months, including 8 credits of mentoring. Throughout the program, students will examine the concepts and methods of applied behavior analysis within the following contexts:

  • Special education
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Organizational behavior management
  • Instructional design
  • Animal training



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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®.