Gender/Cultural Studies (MA)

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Application Requirements

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 paper application form
  • Current résumé
  • Statement of purpose that addresses the following questions: What are your reasons for applying to this program? What factors led you to select it? What areas of gender and cultural studies are of greatest interest to you? How does our interdisciplinary approach relate to the work that you hope to do in the program? 
  • Two short answer questions
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • A theory-based or analytical writing sample.  If you do not have an appropriate sample available, please respond to the following prompt in no fewer than five pages: Research a theoretical perspective that you would like to explore more fully in the GCS program. You should think about why the perspective you have chosen is important, how it may link with or serve to critique other theoretical positions, and/or what practical implications may follow from the theory itself.
  • 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)
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 gsa@simmons.edu 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 Applicants

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 requires 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® (IELTS) 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
USA
Email: toefl@ets.org
Website: www.ets.org/toefl

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:
https://www.ielts.org


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
Website: https://www.wes.org


Required Standardized Test Results

Please review carefully the program-specific admission requirements associated with your graduate program of interest. Some programs require the submission of official standardized test scores or proof of registration for one of the following standardized tests: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or MTEL® (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure). If test scores are required for your program, plan ahead to allow plenty of time to take the test and receive your scores. Further information about these tests can be found below:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Simmons Code: 3761

GRE, Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
USA
Telephone: 609-771-7670
Website: www.gre.org

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Simmons Code: 1226

Pearson
MAT Customer Relations
19500 Bulverde Road, Ste. 201
San Antonio, Texas 78259
USA
Telephone: 800-622-3231
Email: MATscoring.services@pearson.com
Website: www.milleranalogies.com

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
Simmons Code: 44

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure®
Evaluation Systems
Pearson
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013
USA
Telephone: 413-256-2892
Website: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/


Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis until the relevant priority deadline:

Fall Semester (September)
Master’s, EdS, or Certificate Program: August 1

Doctoral Program: February 1

Spring Semester (January)
Master’s, EdS, or Certificate Program: December 15

Doctoral Program: September 1

Summer Semester (May)
Master’s, EdS, or Certificate Program: May 1

Doctoral Program: December 1

To ensure adequate time for review, international applicants are required to submit all application materials by the relevant deadline. 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. The Simmons mailing address is the same for the entire College. 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 College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898
USA


Required Financial Documentation

Upon acceptance, international students must also submit a Certificate of Finances Form 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 Certificate of Finances 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 College, 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.

Please email or mail the documents with the required signatures to the address below:

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

Email: gsa@simmons.edu


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 a Certificate of Finances Form.

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 gsa@simmons.edu or 617-521-2915.


Financial Assistance

Merit-based scholarships are available in all full-length, on-campus degree programs, with most awards ranging from $3,000 - $10,000 per year. 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 College Office of Student Financial Services at sfs@simmons.edu or 617-521-2001.

For additional information about international student admission to Simmons, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at gsa@simmons.edu or 617-521-2915.

Gender/Cultural Studies Tuition
FALL 2017, SPRING 2018, SUMMER 2018

Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis each semester. Below you will find a listing of the tuition rates for your program. The activity fee is mandatory for all students, so it has been included below. For information on health insurance fees, please see "Health Insurance for Graduate Students".

Tuition $1,052 per credit hour
Activity Fee $55 per semester
Funding Options

Merit Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are available in all full-length, on-campus degree programs, with awards ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Eligible applicants will automatically receive consideration for merit-based scholarships at the time of acceptance, and no additional paperwork is required beyond the application for admission. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure availability of funding.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Available starting in the student's second semester of study, teaching and research assistantships are granted to qualified graduate students. Students must apply for assistantships, and are selected by the graduate program director. Teaching assistants are assigned to a specific course and work under the close supervision of a graduate faculty member. Assistantships are a $2,000 taxable award per semester, distributed by payroll checks.

View additional Funding Opportunities.

Health Insurance for Graduate Students

Please note, health insurance is automatically added to the bill only if the student is enrolled full time (9 or more credits). If a full time student does not wish to use the school provided health insurance, they must complete the waiver form online, each academic year, at www.universityhealthplans.com.

Simmons College does not offer health insurance coverage to students enrolled in less than 9 credits OR the dependent(s) of any Simmons College student.

Health Insurance** $5,406 per year

**For more information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, please visit our Insurance page.

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Application FAQs

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 at gsa@simmons.edu. 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 College
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?

Official decision letters are issued by mail. If you notice that your application status has changed to "Decision Mailed" please allow at least one week for the letter to arrive before contacting our office.

Can I take classes before I apply?

If you are unsure about enrolling in a graduate program, or just want to advance your educational experience, all of our master's degree programs offer the option to enroll in up to two graduate-level courses (eight credits) as a non-degree student before formally applying to a program. Additional details about non-degree registration, including current course offerings, can be found on our Non-Degree Options page.

Do I need to submit the FAFSA and Simmons College 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 College Student Information Form to the Simmons College Office of Student Financial Services. For more details, please visit their webpage, or contact their office at sfs@simmons.edu or 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.