Curriculum and In-Person Experiences


Emphasizing hands-on learning experiences, the BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence 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 Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI®) and meets the coursework requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. Simmons’ on-campus program graduates boast an average BCBA® examination pass rate of 83%1, compared to the national average of 66%2. The online and on-campus programs’ curricula are equal in rigor and leverage the same faculty.

“The Simmons curriculum lays the foundation for high-quality behavior analytic work. It is comprehensive, robust, and requires that students learn the science of behavior analysis. Our goal is for students to understand the complex interactions that occur between the environment and behavior. We seek to foster a lifelong passion for achieving behavior change and encourage our students to think critically from a functional rather than prescriptive perspective when using behavior analysis to serve clients.”

—Noelle Neault, PhD, BCBA-D, BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons Program Director

Students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework over 23 months, including 10 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

Course Sequence

Supervised Field Experience

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1 BCBA Examination Pass Rates for Verified Course Sequences (2021). Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved from to footnote reference

2 BACB Annual Data Report (2020). Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Retrieved October 13, 2021 from to footnote reference