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Direct Entry for those with a B.A./B.S. in another academic discipline: M.S. in Nursing


Before You Begin, Please Note:

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences uses an electronic application system.

Applicants to the DE program are required to submit the electronic application and supporting paper materials by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the deadline date, not the post mark date. This is when all materials need to be received in the SNHS Office of Admission. No application can be acted upon unless all materials are received. There is no guarantee that late applications will be accepted or considered for admission since there are a limited number of available spaces in this program each year.

Holders of H visas should contact the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605 to determine if they are eligible to apply/and/or work during the program.When calling, please indicate your the type of H visa you hold and where and when you earned your bachelor's degree.


The application period for applying to September 2015 has ended. Please check this website in summer 2015 for information about the application for entry to Septmeber 2016.

Application Requirements

You must have a BS or BA from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country in a discipline other than nursing to apply.


All prerequisites must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. All prerequisite courses must have grades; pass/fail or audit courses, AP (Advanced Placement), IB or CLEP scores do not fulfill prerequisites.

It is critical that you make sure that courses you plan to take or have taken meet our content requirements.

SNHS only considers courses completed at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university or at a post-secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country.

To determine if a course has been approved, please call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2650 and provide the name and number of the course, where it was offered and when. We will tell you if it is acceptable. If not, we will need a course syllabus.

If we need to review a syllabus, please allow 15 business days for an evaluation. Please do not call us for review/approval the day before you register for a class as we will not be able to evaluate a course on such short notice. It is likely you that you will not need to submit syllabi for all courses. To determine if courses meet the prerequisite requirement for the DE Nursing program, call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2630. However, please note the following before you call:

No pre-approval is needed for DE nursing in the following cases:

  • Any two chemistry courses (with labs), whatever the course number/name, if taken at one institution
  • Any course with Microbiology (with a lab) in the title
  • Any course with statistics in the title
  • One separate semester/term of human anatomy and one separate semester/term (sometimes 3 quarters are needed) of human physiology at one or more institutions. Animal physiology will not meet this requirement.
  • AP (Anatomy & Physiology) I & II (with lab) at the same institution.

    All courses must have been taken at regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities.

Pre-approval via submission of a syllabus is always needed for DE nursing in the following cases:

  • All online prerequisite courses (provide the online syllabus for both the course and lab, not the on-site syllabus)
  • All accelerated courses
  • A/P I & II and Chem I & II taken at more than one institution
  • Developmental psychology (call first to determine if it has already been approved)

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed (undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions, whether or not a degree was awarded or regardless of when the courses were taken or if the courses are specific to the SNHS program you are applying to are required. This requirement includes courses which appear on another transcript as transfer or study abroad credit. If you attended a study abroad program and the grades appear on the transcript of your home institution, you do not need to submit a separate transcript. Check with the Registrar's Office of your undergraduate institution to confirm this. If there are no grades listed on your home institution's transcript, and a separate transcript exists, we require an official copy. Allow sufficient time to request/obtain this transcript so that we receive it by the application deadline. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Such transcripts must be received in signed/sealed envelopes. Photocopies or copies "issued to student" are not acceptable.

If you are enrolled in the fall semester, please send a copy of your grade report as soon as possible since the official transcript will not arrive until after the deadline.

If you have earned a degree abroad, academic records must include end of year marks sheets for each year of attendance, not just final exam results or a copy of the degree. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Overseas post-secondary institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Academic records in the native language and an official English translation (if needed) are required. English translations must be provided by someone other than the applicant, family member or friend. It may also be necessary for the applicant to submit an interpretation by a foreign credential services agency. Interpretations of foreign credentials by an evaluation service do not replace official academic records. These evaluations are assessments of the curriculum and are not accepted in lieu of official academic documents. Contact our office at 617-521-2605 to determine if this is needed. When you call, please be prepared to provide the name of the institution and country where the degree was earned.

For applicants who have taken courses in the U.S. or earned a degree in the U.S., request an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) so that you can refer to it/them when completing the required GPA calculations in the application. If you receive officially signed/sealed envelopes from an institution, do not open them before submitting as this will render the transcript as unofficial.

Since there are six admission offices at Simmons College, to avoid delay, please  send all paper materials to:

Office of Admission
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Simmons College
Room S332
300The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

GPA Calculations

You are required to calculate and submit GPA calculations for undergraduate and graduate courses. To assist you in calculating GPAs, we have created the following documents:

Standardized Tests

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language, not citizenship. No other English proficiency exam will be accepted. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor's or master's level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a post -secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only. Official scores from ETS are required; copies of student score reports are not acceptable. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences TOEFL code is 3761. SNHS is unable to accept electronic scores.

A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based,) or 88 (internet-based) is required.


Three recommendations are required. You are applying to a professional graduate program,so,select your references wisely. We do not accept recommendations from individuals who have a personal relationship with you (family members, friends, religious personnel) or from coaches,politicians or people for whom you provided childcare since we need evaluations from individuals who can assess your academic ability to engage in graduate studies. At least one recommendation should be from a current or recent instructor.

Instructions for the online recommendation process can be found in the application. You are required to provide the names and email addresses of three references. Each will be sent an email invitation to complete and submit a rating form and a written recommendation which must be submitted on letterhead stationery.All recommendations must be received by the application deadline date and should not be dated more than 6 months prior to the application deadline.

We cannot accept Committee Recommendations (one letter which includes a series of paragraphs from individual faculty members or a series of faculty letters) or letters of reference on file in a Career Education or Career Resources Center. Three separate letters of recommendation are required

Application Requirements

Please see the Prerequisite tab in this section of the website for specific information.

Admission Decisions

All admission decisions are made after the designated application deadline and decisions are sent together as a group. We do not use rolling notification. Decisions are sent by mail, not by email or via phone.

Enrollment Deposit

All accepted students who choose to enroll are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit by the date stated in the letter of admission.

Deferred Entrance

An accepted student may request in writing to the Assistant Dean/Director of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences a deferral of the entrance date for a maximum of one year. The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim. Deferrals are not granted if the student plans/chooses to attend another institution If the deferral is approved, a non-refundable enrollment deposit is due on the date stated in the original letter of admission to ensure enrollment for the future. This fee is applied to the first term bill.

However, if a student takes a class(es), then, decides to leave Simmons to return at a later date, the student must request/receive a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program and the Dean of SNHS.

Deferrals for international students are not allowed.

Reapplication Procedure

An applicant who wishes to re-apply must call the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to learn about this process. Official academic transcripts for courses completed since the initial application must be submitted. A reapplication fee is required and should be submitted with the new electronic application.