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Requirements and Deadlines

Requirements and Deadlines

Master's Degree Candidates

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. All grade point averages are considered, but a B (3.0) average or higher is preferred. In general, applicants are expected to submit a completed application file that includes the following:

  • A completed online application or Application Form
  • Current résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcripts from every college or university attended. Must include degree conferral.
  • TOEFL scores, if English is not the applicant's first language
  • Non-refundable application fee of $35 (payable to Simmons College)

Additional requirements vary by program. Some programs require official GRE, MAT, or MTEL scores. Requirements for essays, letters of recommendation, and an interview also vary. Please visit the program website or contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at 617-521-2915 or for the requirements for the program that interests you.

Application Deadlines

The College of Arts and Sciences has a rolling admission policy. Apply early for maximum consideration for admission and financial aid. To meet priority application deadlines, completed application files should be submitted by May 1 for summer session, August 1 for the fall semester, and December 15 for the spring semester. Admission may be deferred for up to two semesters, after which applicants must reapply.

Non-Degree Enrollment Option

If you are unsure about enrolling in a graduate program, or just want to advance your educational experience, non-degree study at Simmons is the best option for you. As a non-degree student, you may enroll in up to two graduate-level courses (eight credits) before formally applying to a degree program. Find out more about our non-degree option.

Transfer Credit

Under special circumstances, a student may receive credit (maximum of 8 credits) for graduate work completed at another accredited institution. Students must complete a Petition for Transfer of Credit and submit it to the program director for approval and processing at the time of enrollment.

Doctoral Studies Candidates

Candidates must hold a Master's or higher degree from a related field. In addition, a completed application file must include the following:

  • A completed online application or Application Form
  • A current résumé that discusses employment and volunteer experiences
  • Statement of purpose
  • 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)- must provide Charter Certificant number
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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  

For more information on a particular doctoral program, please see below:

Application Deadlines

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

Program Semester Priority Deadline Rolling Admission Deadline
PhD in Behavior Analysis Fall February 1 July 1
PhD in Behavior Analysis Spring September 1 November 15
PhD in Behavior Analysis Summer December 1 April 1

Apply Online!

Use the convenience of the Simmons Online Application to apply.

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. We also encourage you to attend one of our information sessions or open houses.