Online MS in Behavior Analysis

Program Overview

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, the online Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program from Simmons University, meets the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® degree and coursework requirements to apply for the BCBA® exam1, and will prepare you to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

Our faculty are committed to helping students learn how to assess behavior, communicate effectively, and achieve success in their career as a behavior analyst. 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.2

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Hands-on Learning and Practice-Based Curriculum


Core Courses


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BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons offers an in-depth exploration of the field of behavior analysis.Throughout the program, students will examine the concepts and methods of applied behavior analysis within the following areas:

– Functional assessment and analysis
– Ethics
– Evidence-based instructional methods
– Verbal Behavior
– Experimental analysis of behavior
– Experimental design and research
– Supervision

The BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons course sequence prioritizes experiential learning, immersing students in a comprehensive exploration of the various applications of behavior analysis principles. By emphasizing current research and the scientific foundations of behavior, students develop the skills to effectively apply behavior analytic principles and technologies to a broad range of contexts and practice areas.

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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 requirements and demonstrate they reside in an authorized country before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. 

2 BACB® University Pass Rates 2022 link: