In order to enroll in BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, applicants must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The following materials must be submitted in order to apply for the program:
Completed online application form
One essay explaining your reasons for pursuing a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, including a discussion of the intellectual and professional goals you hope to achieve
Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned
Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references
TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
Nonrefundable application fee of $75 (Fee is reduced to $45 if application is submitted on or before the priority deadline)
GRE scores are not required for admission, but will be accepted if the applicant chooses to submit them
Application fee waivers are available for applicants affiliated with non-profit organizations such as: City Year, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Teach for America, and military personnel, veterans, and their spouses. Please contact your admissions counselor to request instructions for obtaining the fee waiver.
In the event that the Admission Committee needs more information to review an application, an applicant may be required to participate in an interview with the committee.
Educational background, including all institutions attended, degree(s) awarded or in progress, and dates or anticipated dates of degree(s) awarded
Relevant employment history, including job titles, job descriptions, relevant duties performed, and dates of employment for each position
Community service or volunteer experience
Awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
Evidence of leadership and career progression
Please complete an essay that, in a minimum of 500 words, describes your professional and intellectual goals and the relationship of the degree program to these goals. Also describe your interest in the field of behavior analysis and how your academic background has prepared you for this program. Your essay should address any gaps in employment and describe any relevant volunteer experience that you have.
Please submit sealed, official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including study abroad programs and community colleges, even if a degree was not obtained. Please request official transcripts be mailed to:
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should specify that their transcript(s) be sent to Application Services or select Simmons University – BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons if listed as an option through the vendor. This will expedite the delivery of the transcript(s) and the completion of the application.
Your application must include at least two professional or academic letters of recommendation that have been written within one year of the application submission date. Your recommenders must be able to speak to your verbal and written communication skills, intellectual ability, capacity for critical analysis, and personal initiative. When you add recommenders via the online application, an email notification is sent to your recommenders. They can complete the recommendation online.
Letters must be from professional (e.g., a supervisor or manager) or academic (such as faculty, advisors, or a department head) sources. Recommendations will not be accepted from friends, family members, personal counselors or therapists, co-workers, or your clergy.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
If English is not your first language, you are required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report, demonstrating satisfactory English language proficiency.
Please note that the TOEFL or IELTS is not required from applicants who have earned either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution or from a postsecondary institution recognized by the Ministry of Education in an English-speaking country.