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The Accelerated Bachelors to Masters Program


This month, we profile 3 unique accelerated bachelors to masters programs:

  • BA to Masters in Business Administration (BA/MBA)
  • BS to Masters in Behavior Analysis (BS/ M.S. or Ed.S)
  • BS to Masters in Social Work (BS/MSW)

BA/MBA Program

With the Simmons combined BA/MBA program, you are now able to enroll in an accelerated yet very flexible program that will allow you to pursue your undergraduate degree along with an MBA degree. The program is designed for women who have as few as 20 or as many as 80 undergraduate credits already under their belt, but, who, for various reasons -- family, finances, work -- have been unable to complete their undergraduate degrees. Altogether, the combined degree program allows you to decrease the total number of credits needed for two degrees, saving you both time and money. As a Simmons student, you can enroll in both undergraduate and graduate courses on a part-time or full-time basis, and flexible enrollment models help you work around your busy schedule.

Here's how the accelerated program works.

Prospective BA/MBA candidates apply to the Dix Scholars program at Simmons. The Dix Scholars program is an undergraduate program for students 24 and older who have some college credits, but have been away from school for a while. Admissions is on a rolling basis, and if you have significant professional experience you can earn up to 24 additional college credits for your prior learning.

Once enrolled at Simmons, you may choose your major and coursework under the guidance of the BA/MBA undergraduate advisor.

At the end of your junior year (or once the you have earned a total of 92 credits, including transfer and prior-learning credits), you may apply to the MBA program as a BA/MBA candidate. If accepted, you will take two MBA courses during your senior year, which count toward both your undergraduate degree and your MBA degree.

You will then graduate with a BA in May or August, and begin your MBA studies in September in one of the flexible day and/or evening programs ranging in length from one to three years.

Learn more about the BA/MBA program » 


Behavioral Analysis

Responding to the national and international need for Board Certified Behavioral Analysts, Simmons offers an innovative and unique graduate program in Behavioral Analysis--an exciting and cutting-edge field.

Key Facts about Behavior Analysis:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only therapy the US surgeon general has deemed effective in treating individuals on the autism spectrum. Behavior analysts work in a variety of settings--in private treatment facilities, government-funded agencies, schools, hospitals and corporations--and they work with adults, children and animals with many and varied different needs.
  • Simmons is the only Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ (BCAB) approved program in New England! There are only 14 BCAB approved programs in the world, with just 3 on the east coast!
  • With the scarcity of BCAB approved programs, there remains a huge shortage of certified behavior analysts -- meaning there are an estimated four openings for each qualified applicant!
  • The Behavior Analysis program easily pays for itself, with salaries as a ABA certified private consultant tipping over the six-figure after just 5-10 years in the field!
  • BCBA certified Applied Behavior Analysts with a masters or Ph d. can start out making $40-$60 per hour and $75-$150 after 5 years experience (private, direct billable).

Simmons undergraduates in any major work with their advisor and Behavioral Analysis faculty to plan the transition into the highly respected and innovative Behavior Analysis graduate program. Now is the right time to embark on a path towards this exciting career, as the demand for board-certified behavior analysts, educators and counselors with formal training in behavioral principles continues to rise. This program covers the methods, principles, and procedures of applied behavior analysis, with an emphasis on using behavior analysis and behavioral support in multiple education and human service settings.

Each program of study is individually designed in consultation with the program director and can be completed on a part-time basis or in two years of full-time study. Courses are typically offered in Friday/Saturday combinations and occasionally on weeknights.

Learn more about the Behavioral Analysis program »

Social Work

Earn a B.A. or B.S. from Simmons and a Master of Social Work (MSW) in our nationally-recognized clinical social work program, with an option to specialize in Urban Leadership. Undergraduate students accepted to the School of Social Work will be eligible to take foundation courses in the social work program. If the social work courses are grades of B or better, they will be transferred toward the MSW degree and count as elective credits towards your bachelor's degree.

In 1904, Simmons was the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers. Simmons also was at the forefront of educating students for medical social work and managed care practice. Today, the School of Social Work (SSW) provides a rigorous clinical social work education for men and women, including a nationally accredited master of social work (M.S.W.) program and a Ph.D. in Social Work designed for advanced clinical scholars. Our progressive, hands-on curriculum integrates education and practice with social justice values, multicultural perspectives, and a strong emphasis on field education. Recent SSW initiatives include our Urban Leadership Program, Spanish language courses for social workers, international study, and schedules that accommodate working professionals.

As clinician activists, SSW students, faculty and alumni all work to develop solutions to social injustice through their teaching, research, clinical practice, and community work.

Learn more about the Social Work program »