Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis
The Ph.D. program in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 60-credit doctoral program designed to train and position qualified behavior analysts to make significant contributions to the science and to the community. Simmons's programs in Applied Behavior Analysis advocate a fusion style of research wherein the findings from other disciplines are used to improve behavior analytic research.
"Simmons's Ph.D. program is particularly attractive because of the opportunity to take courses from well-respected members of the ABA community. The program has helped me develop new and interesting research topics and a better repertoire of assessing and changing behavior in my clinical work."
—Emily Sweeney-Kerwin, Outreach Consultant, Carbone Clinic, Valley Cottage, NY
Candidates for the doctoral program must demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively about theoretical foundations an applied research, and should possess the motivation and capacity to contribute to professional literature. All candidates are interviewed by the admission committee and will be expected to discuss their research interests.
Candidates must have a master's degree or higher in Behavior Analysis, Applied Behavior Analysis, or a related field, including psychology, education, or special education, and must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst™. Additional requirements include official transcripts from all coursework completed since high school, three letters of recommendation, a résumé, a statement of purpose, an analytical writing sample, an interview, and official GRE general test scores.
This program requires 60 semester hours, the equivalent of 15 courses. Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis beginning in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.