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Dual Degree Program with Harvard School of Public Health: M.S. Nursing; M.S. Society, Human Development & Health


This page describes the application process for the dual degree program with the Harvard School of Public Health. Applicants must apply to and be accepted by each institution individually to enroll in this special program. Each institution maintains different application deadlines, admission criteria and curriculum.This program offers entry at Simmons only to the September term.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences will be using an electronic application system effective for the January 2013 semester. Please check here later this fall for the application.

Fall 2015 Application

Application Deadline:

February 15 for Fall (September) entry.

The application cycle for 2014 has closed. Check back here in fall 2014 for the application for entry to fall 2015.

Before You Begin, Please Note:

Applicants to the dual degree nursing program are required to submit the electronic application and all supporting paper materials by the stated deadline date, not the post mark date, rather, the date 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 or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed (undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited 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 a separate transcript exists, send that as well. 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 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 required paper materials to:

School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Simmons College
Office of Admission
Room S332
300 The 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, please see a document below:

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.


The recommendation procedure is a three-part process: the Identification Form, the Rating Form and the written recommendation. All recommendations should be written on official preprinted letterhead stationery,not on a computer-generated template. All forms and recommendations should include original inked signatures. The recommendation forms are embedded in the application.

Admission Decision

Admission decisions are sent via mail after the application deadline.

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.

Reapplication Procedure

An applicant who wishes to re-apply should call the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at 617-521-2605 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 application. Application fee waivers are applicable only to one application.