Behavior Analysis (PhD)

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Application Requirements

Candidates must have a Master’s degree or higher in Behavioral Education, Applied Behavior Analysis or a related field, including psychology, education, or special education, and must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst™. 

Application checklist:

  • A completed online application or paper application form
  • A current résumé that discusses employment and volunteer experiences
  • Statement of purpose that addresses the following: Please state your reasons for pursuing this degree, including what professional goals you hope to achieve after earning the degree. Discuss your specific research interests as well as publication and presentation goals. Finally, comment on your ability to succeed in a rigorous doctoral program
  • Analytical writing sample (thesis chapter, presentation, literature review, etc. Not to exceed 10 pages)
  • Evidence of a passing score on the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Exam™ (BCBA)
  • Three letters of recommendation- two of the three letters of recommendation must be from an academic source
  • Official Transcripts from every college and university attended since the completion of high school, including official transcripts from all study-abroad experiences.
  • Official GRE scores
  • A non-refundable application fee of $80 (payable to Simmons College)
  • Interview  

Application Deadlines

The following chart details the application deadlines for the Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program

Program Semester Deadline
PhD in Behavior Analysis Fall February 1
PhD in Behavior Analysis Spring September 1
PhD in Behavior Analysis Summer December 1

For More Information

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at 617-521-2915 or if you have questions about the application process, a specific program, or the College. We're happy to schedule visits and campus tours. 

For International Students

Simmons welcomes applications from international students. Students for whom English is not their first language are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that demonstrates satisfactory proficiency. Simmons must receive test scores directly from ETS.

International students also must submit a Certificate of Finances Form that demonstrates proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses while enrolled at Simmons. The College cannot issue an I-20 visa until the required financial statements have been received. I-20 visas are generated only after formal acceptance and a deposit is submitted for the program.

Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required for transcripts not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. The preferred provider of transcript evaluations at Simmons is listed below.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274
Tel: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100

For more information about international student admission to Simmons, please contact the admission office at or phone 617-521-2915.

Please note: All Graduate Studies Admission programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT (Internet based test) to consider applicants for admission.

Behavior Analysis Tuition
FALL 2017, SPRING 2018, SUMMER 2018

Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis each semester. Below you will find a listing of the tuition rates for your program. The activity fee is mandatory for all students, so it has been included below. For information on health insurance fees, please see "Health Insurance for Graduate Students".

Tuition $1,025 per credit hour (Master's/Doctoral)
Activity Fee $55 per semester
Funding Options

Merit Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are available in all full-length, on-campus degree programs, with awards ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Eligible applicants will automatically receive consideration for merit-based scholarships at the time of acceptance, and no additional paperwork is required beyond the application for admission. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure availability of funding.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Available starting in the student's second semester of study, teaching and research assistantships are granted to qualified graduate students. Students must apply for assistantships, and are selected by the graduate program director. Teaching assistants are assigned to a specific course and work under the close supervision of a graduate faculty member. Assistantships are a $2,000 taxable award per semester, distributed by payroll checks.

View additional Funding Opportunities.

Health Insurance for Graduate Students

Please note, health insurance is automatically added to the bill only if the student is enrolled full time (9 or more credits). If a full time student does not wish to use the school provided health insurance, they must complete the waiver form online, each academic year, at

Simmons College does not offer health insurance coverage to students enrolled in less than 9 credits OR the dependent(s) of any Simmons College student.

Health Insurance** $5,406 per year

**For more information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, please visit our Insurance page.

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