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Simmons College – Online Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program

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BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons Overview

 Total Credits  40
 Type of Degree  Master of Science
 Time to Complete  19 months
 Clinical Hours  750 hours of mentoring and supervision included in the program
 GRE Required?  No

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons is the highly respected Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program delivered online from Simmons University. The program can be completed in 19 months and prepares students for leadership roles in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

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The program’s innovative curriculum is built on integrating theory, research and practice across a variety of applications in order to effectively prepare students to enter the field as exemplary scientist-practitioners. In addition, students complete rigorous group and one-on-one mentoring components, during which they receive individualized feedback on mastering key concepts and applications. This preparation has expanded students’ career potential and produced strong results on the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination for on-campus graduates.

Highlights of Simmons’ online ABA graduate program include:

  • BACB-required mentoring incorporated into the program
  • No GRE required
  • Attend live, online classes
  • Access high-quality video course content 24/7
  • Nationally-recognized expert faculty

Prepare for BCBA®

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons provides students with the tools to take and pass the BCBA® exam. The curriculum is approved by Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and incorporates the mentoring and supervision hours required to sit for the exam. Graduates of Simmons’ on-campus program boast an 83% average BCBA® exam pass rate compared to the national average of 65%.

BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons Curriculum

The program’s rigorous, practice-based curriculum focuses on contemporary research and the full range of ABA principles and applications, including special education, behavioral medicine, organizational behavior management, instructional design and animal training.

Applied Behavior Analysis Class Sequence

Term Courses
Term 1
  • Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis – The focus of this class is on basic behavioral vocabulary, definitions, and principles (e.g., reinforcement, stimulus control, and motivation)
  • Introduction to Single Subject Research Design – This course presents and assesses the experimental control developed by various types of single-subject research designs.
Term 2
  • Behavioral Assessment – This course introduces the methods of behavioral assessment, focusing on identifying hypotheses and testing the hypothesis to identify functional relations.
  • Methodologies for Behavior Change I – The purpose of this course is to expose students to basic procedures and protocols to accelerate and decelerate behavior changes such as contingency contracting, rule-governed behavior and differential reinforcement.
Term 3
  • Ethics and Legal Issues – This course provides an overview of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (2014).
  • Methodologies for Behavior Change II – This course exposes students to innovative behavioral instructional protocols, such as precision teaching, PSI, direct instruction, stimulus equivalence and errorless instruction.
Term 4
  • Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis – This course examines how fundamental behavior analytical protocols can be used to assess and account for sophisticated human behaviors.
  • Mentoring and Supervision: Intensive Practicum I – Two mentoring courses, taken in consecutive terms, provide individualized and group supervision to students using the basic principles of behavior analysis in the classroom or work setting.
Term 5
  • Verbal Behavior – In this course, students read and analyze the concepts in Verbal Behavior, such as the mand, tact, intraverbal and autoclitic. Students also explore practical applications of the analysis of verbal behavior.
  • Mentoring and Supervision: Intensive Practicum II – Two mentoring courses, taken in consecutive terms, provide individualized and group supervision to students using the basic principles of behavior analysis in the classroom or work setting.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders – In this course, students learn how to apply behavior analytics principles and tactics to address behavior challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This course is not required.

Admissions Overview

In order to enroll in BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons, applicants must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The following materials must be submitted in order to apply for the program:

  • Completed online application form
  • Current résumé
  • One essay
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 (Fee is reduced to $45 if application is submitted on or before the priority deadline)
  • GRE scores are not required for admission, but will be accepted if the applicant chooses to submit them

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