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BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, the online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program from Simmons University, will prepare you to meet the necessary coursework requirements 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®) more than 20 years ago, Simmons has been a leader in the field through its dedication to behavior analysis coursework and research.

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.1

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. 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.

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Practice-Based Curriculum

Our rigorous curriculum prepares students to apply advanced behavior analysis principles through hands-on learning. The experiential learning 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’ experiential learning component.

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence meets the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®’s coursework eligibility requirements.

Students can finish the program in as few as 20 months! Students will complete a total of 40 credits and a thesis research project, which is completed during Practicum courses. To prepare for Practicum, students must begin working by the end of the first semester; we provide support to help students find an appropriate worksite. Students will graduate with the necessary coursework requirements needed to sit for the BCBA® exam.


Core Courses


Practicum Courses

Featured Courses

Verbal Behavior

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

Methodologies for Behavior Change I

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

Learn more on the Curriculum page.



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Applying to BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons

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.

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The final deadline for the September 2024 cohort is July 12, 2024.

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The Department of Behavior Analysis Mission Statement

  1. To make the philosophy, theory, and science of behavior analysis explicable and accessible to individuals in an optimal position to affect meaningful educational, social, and behavioral changes
  2. To generate and publish innovative research by fusing behavior analysis with relevant findings from other scientific disciplines
  3. To include, whenever possible students as authors on presentations and publications
  4. To demonstrate how behavior analysis can influence the breadth and depth of issues centered on the human condition
  5. To prepare students to pass the Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst



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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.

14% Increase in Demand

Annual demand for individuals holding BCBA® or BCBA-D® certification has increased each year since 2010, with an 14% increase from 2022 to 2023.2

Growing Demand

Demand for behavior analysts is highest in California, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, and Georgia.2

The master’s degree in behavior analysis from Simmons University prepares students to meet the coursework requirements for the BCBA® exam, and for the leadership roles in the implementation, evaluation, and administration of applied behavior analytic principles and methods in a variety of clinical and research settings. 

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1 BACB® University Pass Rates 2022″ link:

2 Source: Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 2024. US employment demand for behavior analysts: 2010 – 2023.arrow_upward

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