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Master of Science

Master of Science

Simmons's highly respected Behavior Analysis program prepares students for leadership roles in the implementation, evaluation, and administration of applied behavioral analytic principles and methods. Our innovative curriculum emphasizes contemporary research and the fusion of applied behavior analysis with other scientific fields. Coursework addresses topics such as behavioral assessment, descriptive analysis, demonstration of functional relations, measurement and intervention tactics, data display and interpretation, selection of target behaviors, verbal behaviors, and goals, family issues, legal and ethical issues, and crisis management.

The Simmons course sequence for the Master of Science in Behavior Analysis is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ and meets the requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst™ (BCBA) examination.

Collaborative Research

Students are actively engaged in professional research, teaming up with Simmons's nationally renowned faculty to implement, write, and publish research, and to present their work at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Recent research topics include:

  • Learning to Ride: Pedaling Made Possible Through Positive Behavioral Interventions
  • Constructed-Response Spelling and Literary Development: An Application in an Urban Classroom
  • Task Analysis, Correspondence Training, and General Case Instruction for Teaching Personal Hygiene Skills
  • The Effects of Word-Picture Associations on the Vocabulary Development of High School Students with Dyslexia

Degree Options

This 40-credit program leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) or an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Behavior Analysis. The Ed.S. degree program is an advanced graduate degree for those who already hold a Master's degree while the M.S. degree program meets the educational needs of an individual who holds a bachelor's degree. During the duration of the program, students perform mentorship hours required to sit for the BCBA™ exam. This program is designed for working professionals and courses are typically offered on weeknights and occasionally in a Friday/Saturday combination.


The master's program of study includes eight courses and seminars plus eight credits of mentoring requirements.

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 15 Courses
Advanced Topics in ABA BEHV-445 4.00 Lecture
Applied Research II BEHV-416 4.00 Lecture
Behavioral Assessment BEHV-426 4.00 Lecture
Intro Single Subj Research Des BEHV-415 4.00 Lecture
Introduction Behavior Analysis BEHV-424 4.00 Lecture
Legal and Ethical Issues BEHV-430 4.00 Lecture
Mentoring Supervision I BEHV-461 2.00 Lecture
Mentoring Supervision II BEHV-462 2.00 Lecture
Mentoring Supervision III BEHV-463 2.00 Lecture
Mentoring Supervision IV BEHV-464 2.00 Lecture
Methds Changing Behavior II BEHV-434 4.00 Lecture
Methods Changing Behavior I BEHV-427 4.00 Lecture
Sem: Skinner?s Verbal Behavior BEHV-465B 4.00 Lecture
Seminar in Behvioral Educ. A BEHV-465A 4.00 Lecture