Gender/Cultural Studies (MA)/ Public Policy (MPP)

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.
Application Requirements

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

  • A completed application form.  Be sure to review your completed form carefully and provide your electronic signature. 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • An analytical writing sample (if you do not have an appropriate sample available, please e-mail admissions at for an alternative essay prompt)
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably both from academic sources)
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate-level courses taken, including official transcripts from all study-abroad programs.
  • Official GRE scores
  • A non-refundable application fee of $35 (payable to Simmons College)

When mailing materials to our office, please be sure to use the exact mailing address below:

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

Application Deadlines

Graduate Studies Admission Office 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 the following dates:

  • Summer: May 1
  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15

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.

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.

For International Students
Simmons welcomes applications from international students. Students for whom English is not their first language are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that demonstrates satisfactory proficiency. Simmons must receive test scores directly from ETS.

International students also must submit a Certificate of Finances Form that demonstrates proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses while enrolled at Simmons. The College cannot issue an I-20 visa until the required financial statements have been received. I-20 visas are generated only after formal acceptance and a deposit is submitted for the program.

Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required for transcripts not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. The preferred provider of transcript evaluations at Simmons is listed below.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274
Tel: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100

For more information about international student admission to Simmons, please contact the admission office at or phone 617-521-2915.

Please note: All Graduate Studies Admission programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT (Internet based test) to consider applicants for admission.
Tuition and Fees

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