Behavior Analysis (EdS or MS)

Please visit the program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, careers, and more! To request more information about this degree, please fill out our form. Questions? Contact us via email or at 617-521-2915.

How to Apply to Our On-Campus Graduate Program

To get started on your Simmons application to our on-campus graduate program, please use the appropriate link below for the semester to which you are applying.

Summer 2024

Summer 2024 application

Please allow at least three business days for received documents to be reflected on your application status page.

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Fall 2024

Fall 2024 application

Please allow at least three business days for received documents to be reflected on your application status page.

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Application Requirements

Applicants are expected to submit a completed application file that includes the following:

  • A completed online application
  • Current résumé or CV
  • Statement of purpose: In 500 words minimum, describe your professional and intellectual goals and the relationship of the degree program to these goals. Also describe your interest in the field of Behavior Analysis and how your academic background has prepared you for this program.
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation. ​Supplemental letters may be submitted to [email protected] if desired. We do not accept recommendations from those who have a personal relationship with you (such as family members, doctors, or clergy).
  • Official college transcripts from every college or university attended. Must include degree conferral.
  • TOEFL scores, if English is not the applicant's first language and the applicant does not hold a degree from a university where English is the primary language of instruction
  • A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required. Those who apply by the early action deadline are eligible to receive a full application fee waiver, and those who apply by the priority application deadline are eligible to receive a discounted application fee. Applicants submitting for the early action or priority deadlines should reach out to [email protected] to receive a code before submitting their applications.

*GRE scores are NOT required to apply. If you have taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores, you are welcome to do so.


Scholarships ranging from $10,000 - $20,000 are available for qualified applicants. Because we value Behavior Analysis, we are investing in the next generation of leaders!*

*Applicants who work for an organization that has an agreement with Simmons are not eligible for scholarships, but do benefit from cost savings. If you are an employee at one of these organizations, please reach out to your organization representative for more information.

Application Deadlines

Behavior Analysis applications are accepted up until the final application deadline. We encourage you to apply early for maximum merit scholarship consideration.

The following chart details the application deadlines for the on-campus MS/EdS in Behavior Analysis Program.

MS in Behavior AnalysisFallPriority Deadline: May 1

Final Deadline: August 1
MS in Behavior AnalysisSpringPriority Deadline: October 15

Final Deadline: December 1
MS in Behavior AnalysisSummerPriority Deadline: February 15

Final Deadline: March 15

If you are interested in applying after the final deadline, please contact [email protected] to discuss options.

Priority Deadline applicants benefit from an earlier admission decision. Additionally, Priority Deadline applicants are eligible to receive an application fee waiver. Please contact [email protected] to receive the application fee waiver code.

Admission may be deferred up to one year, after which applicants may be asked to reapply.

ABAI Accreditation Board Masters SealABAI Verified Course Sequences Seal


The Master of Science Degree in Behavior Analysis in the campus-based program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board.

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 Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional eligibility requirements and demonstrate they reside in an authorized country before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

  1. To make the philosophy, theory, and science of behavior analysis  explicable and accessible to individuals in an optimal position to affect meaningful educational, social, and behavioral changes.
  2. To generate and publish innovative research by fusing behavior analysis with relevant findings from other scientific discipline.
  3. To include, whenever possible, students as authors on presentations and publications.
  4. To demonstrate how behavior analysis can influence the breadth and depth of issues centered on the human condition.
  5. To prepare students to pass the Behavior Analysis Certification Board’s examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Simmons welcomes applications from international students. As you prepare your application for admission, please review both the program-specific admission requirements associated with your graduate program of interest, along with the additional details below:

English Language Proficiency

The faculty require that all prospective students for whom English is not the first language and who have not previously completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction achieve a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL)
Simmons Code: 3761

Contact your nearest English language testing center or:

TOEFL® Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-7100
Email: [email protected]

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Contact your nearest English language testing center or:

Find your nearest testing center and upcoming test dates on the IELTS website:

Required Academic Records

In the U.S., academic records or mark sheets are called "transcripts" (this is the term used throughout our website). All applicants must submit official academic records (in a sealed envelope with a signature or stamped seal across the sealed flap) for study completed at all universities (including schools where no degree or certificate was conferred).

Official course-by-course evaluations are required for all transcripts from universities outside the U.S. or Canada. Additionally, all transcripts that are in a language other than English must be officially translated. Only evaluations and translations from authorized organizations are accepted. The preferred provider of transcript evaluations at Simmons is World Education Services (WES):

World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274
Telephone: 212-966-6311

To ensure adequate time for review, international applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months in advance of the relevant application deadline listed above. Please allow ample time for the pace of international postal services, obtaining visa documents, arrival in the U.S., and transitioning to a new environment.

Application materials should be submitted using the exact address below. Please be sure to include "Graduate Studies Admission" in the address of any items submitted by mail to ensure receipt by our office.

Graduate Studies Admission
Simmons University
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

Required Financial Documentation

Upon acceptance, international students must also submit an International Student Supplement Form (ISSF) indicating the source(s) of funding to be used to meet the tuition and living expenses associated with attending Simmons. We ask that you apply to the program only if you are reasonably certain that you will be able to meet the financial obligations.

When you are preparing the International Student Supplement Form (ISSF) documentation, please arrange with your bank, sponsor, and/or government to provide an official statement indicating that you have sufficient funds in a bank for these educational expenses and/or that your tuition and expenses will be paid by your sponsor(s) or government. All documents must be no more than one year old, have been prepared specifically for Simmons University, be in English, and show funds in U.S. dollars ($). Simmons cannot issue a Form I-20 until the required financial documents have been received.

Visa Requirements and Full-Time Academic Status

Immigration requirements stipulate that international students studying in the U.S. with an F-1 student visa must be enrolled full-time (minimum of eight credits per semester) in an academic program.

Current F-1 visa holders who will need to transfer their records in SEVIS to Simmons upon enrolling will be required to submit an I-20 Transfer-In Form, which has been signed by their current DSO, along with an International Student Supplement Form (ISSF).

If you have questions about the Form I-20, the documents referenced above, visa requirements, or your eligibility to study at Simmons, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at [email protected] or 617-521-2915.

Financial Assistance

Merit-based scholarships that cover a portion of the tuition expenses at Simmons are available to well-qualified applicants in our on-campus degree programs. International student applicants to eligible programs will receive automatic consideration for merit-based scholarships at the time of acceptance, and no additional paperwork is required beyond the application for admission. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the availability of funding.

While U.S. federal financial aid through the FAFSA is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, international student applicants may qualify for some private loans. To learn more, please contact the Simmons University Office of Student Financial Services at [email protected] or 617-521-2001.

For additional information about international student admission to Simmons, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at [email protected] or 617-521-2915.

Can I submit my online application before all of my required materials are received?

Yes, and we encourage it! Once you submit your application, you will be able to log in to the self-service center to check the status of your application and to see if your materials have been received. Prior to submitting your application, you will not be able to check your status online.

What should I do if my recommenders did not receive an email requesting a letter?

First, suggest your recommender check her/his spam folder. Since the notifications come from an automated system, the messages often end up in spam. Not there? Contact us and we can resend the notification. You can also resend invitations from your self-service center. And, finally, recommenders are always welcome to email a recommendation letter to us. We'll be glad to manually add it to your application.

How quickly are my application materials processed?

Once you submit your application, we will look for any previously received materials to attach to your application. It usually takes 1-5 business days for our office to process and attach materials. To ensure receipt of your materials in our office, please ensure that items sent by mail are issued to the following exact address:

Simmons University
Graduate Studies Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

How long will a decision take after my application is complete?

Admission decisions on master's degree applications are generally available within 2 to 3 weeks of application completion. Doctoral candidates will be contacted with an update from the admission committee within 2 to 3 weeks of application completion, and admission decisions are generally available within 6 weeks of application completion.

Will my decision letter be emailed or mailed?

Decisions will be uploaded to the Simmons application portal.  You will be able to see your admission decision by logging on to your Simmons application portal. Please inform the Office of Admission of any changes to your mailing address, phone number, or email address.

Do I need to submit the FAFSA and Simmons University Student Information Form by the priority admission deadline?

No. Students interested in applying for federal financial aid, which is awarded in the form of loans, may do so at any point by submitting the FAFSA and the Simmons University Student Information Form to the Simmons University Office of Student Financial Services. Contact their office via email or at 617-521-2001.

Upon acceptance, eligible applicants receive automatic consideration for merit-based scholarships. Most merit-based scholarships are awarded based on the overall strength of an application for admission, and no separate application is required.


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Upcoming Graduate Admission Events

Virtual Info Session: On-Campus MSW Program

  • Apr 18, 2024
  • 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Virtual

SLIS West Campus: Library and Information Science Info Session

  • Apr 20, 2024
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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