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Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion


Thank you for your interest in Simmons. This page describes the requirements and procedures for applying to the M.S. in Nutrition and Health Promotion program. If you have questions, please check the FAQs on the website first, and then feel free to email us at or call us at 617-521-2605. Note that our TOEFL code is 3761 and our FAFSA Code is 002208.

Before You Begin, Please Note:

Applicants to all nutrition programs are required to submit the electronic application and required paper materials by the designated application deadline date, not the post mark date, rather, the date when all materials need to be received in the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences(SNHS).

No application can be acted upon unless all materials are received. There is no guarantee that late applications will be considered; only on-time and complete applicants are eligible for consideration of graduate assistantships.

If you wish to apply to the MS and DPD and/or CSN, please submit one application for all of these options. Do not submit a separate application for each of these programs.

If you are applying for September entry and will be enrolled in the fall semester just prior to the application deadline, it is imperative that you send a copy of your grades for that term since a final official transcript will not arrive until after the application deadline. You may scan and send these grades via email to or fax them to 617-521-3137. Do not cut and paste your grades from your institutional online portal as this method in illegible. Be certain that your name and the school you attended are clearly indicated and indicate the SNHS program you are applying to. Simmons is unable to accept electronic transcripts from other institutions.

NOTE: If you are a current Simmons undergraduate student with second semester junior year status, majoring in nutrition,biology,exercise science, or public health, and wish to apply to the MS program please do not use the application here. Call the SNHS Office of Admission directly(617-521-2605) or email to request the appropriate application.

Recommendation Forms (Three recommendations are 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 or politicians since we need evaluations from individuals who can assess your academic ability to engage in graduate studies. Recommendations should not be dated more than six months prior to the application deadline and must be written on letterhead stationery.

Instructions for the recommendation process can be found within the application.You are required to provide the email addresses of three individuals who will be sent an invitation with instructions on how to submit the recommendation and rating form. Only this form is acceptable.Recommendations must be received by the designated deadline date.

Two recommendations should be from current or recent instructors.

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

GPA Calculations

You are required to calculate and submit GPA calculations for undergraduate and graduate courses.

To assist you in calculating GPAs, please refer to the Grading Scale below:


Application Deadline for M.S. in Nutrition and Health Promotion Program

October 1 for Spring (January) entry
January 5 for Fall (September) entry

International students may apply only for September entry.

It is imperative that students who have or are studying abroad commence the application process at least six months prior to the application deadline date for the September term. Please allow ample time for the pace of international postal systems, obtaining visa documents, arrival in the U.S. and transitioning to a new environment. International students will not be allowed to enroll if they arrive after the official start of the term.

Admission Options for M.S. Program

  1. Simmons undergraduate students(majoring in nutrition or dietetics,biology,public health, or exercise science) with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher may apply for the Master's program at the end of their second semester junior year (deadline: February 15) . If accepted, such students may take graduate nutrition courses during the senior year. Thereafter, they would be enrolled exclusively in graduate nutrition courses and classified as a regularly enrolled graduate student. Contact directly the Office of Admission to obtain the application at 617-521-2605 or
  2. Undergraduate degree candidates at other academic institutions may apply during their final year of study. Entry terms are for fall (September), spring (January).
  3. Applicants who already possess an undergraduate degree may apply for fall (September) or spring (January).


An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required in the prerequisite courses. All science courses, with the exception of Biochemistry, must include labs and must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. These prerequisite courses must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis or audited. Additionally, international students must be enrolled full time (at least nine credit hours). CLEP or IB scores are not accepted for such required courses.

There are two ways to complete the prerequisites:

  1. complete courses elsewhere (call the Office of Admission at  617-521-2630 to determine if a specific class will fulfill our requirement) and then apply;
  2. take classes at Simmons by applying to the DIX Program via the Office of Undergraduate Admission.  


Standardized Test Scores

The following should be sent directly to the School for Health Studies by the Education testing Service (ETS):

  1. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official TOEFL score from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The official score report must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to SNHS.
  2. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language, not citizenship status. 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. Copies of student score reports are not acceptable. A minimum score of 570 (paper test), 230 (computer test), or 88 (internet test) is required. The SNHS code is 3761.
    Further information can be obtained by directly contacting: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. Telephone: 215-750-8050.

Enrollment Deposit for MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion Program

All accepted applicants  are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit. This deposit is applied to the first term bill.

Deferred Entrance for Nutrition Programs

An accepted student may request, in writing, to the Assistant Dean/Director of Admission of SNHS a deferral of the entrance date for a maximum of one year. The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim. If granted a deferral, a non- refundable enrollment deposit is required by the date stated in the letter of admission to ensure enrollment. International students will be considered on an individual basis due to immigration issues.

If you were accepted, and then enroll and withdraw, you must request a formal leave of absence from the Nutrition Department.

Reapplication Procedure

An individual who wishes to re-apply should call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605  for details
about this process. All re-applicants are required to submit any official academic transcript for courses completed since the initial application.

Transfer Credit

Accepted applicants who enroll in the M.S. program may petition to transfer a maximum of two graduate courses into the M.S. program provided the credits were not used for a previously conferred degree and were completed within five years of the petition. This petition must be approved by the Chair of the Nutrition Department and the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The student must have earned a grade of B or better.

Course Waivers

Students who enter the program with a strong background in a particular content area may petition for a course waiver. Such waivers require demonstration of mastery of course content. Students receiving course waivers must still complete the required number of credit hours, accomplishing this by taking additional electives to replace the waived credits. The decision to accept waivers is determined by the Chair of the Nutrition Department.