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Certificate in Sports Nutrition


Thank you for your interest in Simmons. This page describes the requirements and procedures for applying to the Certificate in Sports Nutrition (CSN). 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:

Complete electronic applications and required paper materials must be received by the stated deadlines; dates are not the post mark date rather, the date when all materials need to be received in the Office of Admission. No application can be acted upon unless all materials are received. There is no guarantee that late applications will be considered.

If you wish to also apply to the MS and DPD, in addition to the CSN, please submit one application. Do not submit separate applications for these program options.


Application Deadline for Certificate in Sports Nutrition

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

This program is not available for summer (May) entry. Since this program is considered part-time and is offered completely online, individuals requiring an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. are ineligible for this program

Recommendation Forms (Two recommendations are required for the CSN)

You are applying to a professional graduate program, so, select your references wisely.One recommendation must be from a current or recent instructor and one must be a professional reference.We cannot accept personal recommendations from family members, friends, coaches, clergy or politicians.  Recommendations should not be more than 6 months old.

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 a signature.

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. Two separate letters of recommendation are required.

GPA Calculations

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

You can download these forms as a single PDF below:

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

Admission Requirements for Certificate in Sports Nutrition (C.S.N.)

The student must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or an institution of higher education abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Undergraduate majors in the following areas are appropriate for this certificate: nutrition, exercise physiology, kinesiology, sports medicine, or related fields.

Required courses which must be completed before or in progress at the time of application but within 10 years prior to the application deadline,include: introductory nutrition and human anatomy and physiology I and II (with labs) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Please note that graduate credits from another institution cannot be transferred to the Certificate in Sports Nutrition program, nor can courses be completed on a non-degree basis. All courses must be completed at Simmons College. All courses are offered online.

Application Procedure

Applicants are responsible for submitting the electronic application and required paper materials (except TOEFL scores, where required) to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. All documents submitted become the property of Simmons College and cannot be returned to the applicant. The following must be submitted:

  1. An electronic application and all supporting materials and a non-refundable $50 application fee unless an appropriate fee waiver code is included(this will be provided by SNHS).
  2. Official academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions attended whether or not a degree was awarded, and whenever courses were completed or if courses are not specific to the program for which you are applying or whether courses appear on another transcript. Applicants who are completing an undergraduate degree in the year of application must submit grades from the most recently completed academic term. These must be sent directly to the Office of Admission of the School of Health Sciences.
  3. Applicants who have studied abroad must submit academic documents in the native language as well as official English translations (not by the applicant, family members or friends) Additionally, academic records may need to be evaluated by an agency as specified by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (each in sealed, signed envelopes) from individuals able to comment on the student's academic ability, work experience, and leadership potential. At least one letter should be from a faculty member (if the applicant has recently graduated) or a current employer. The Identification Form, the Rating Form and a narrative recommendation (available in the link above)must be sent in signed/sealed envelopes directly to the Office of Admission for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. 
    We cannot accept recomendations from family members, friends, coaches, church officials,  from families for whom you provided childcare or politicians, See the electronic application for further details.

All required paper materials must be sent to the following address as there are six admission offices at Simmons:

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

In addition, the following should be sent directly to the School of Nursing and  Health Sciences by the testing  agency:

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: Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000, or by telephone, 609-771-7670, or visit

Enrollment Deposit for Nutrition Programs

All accepted applicants to the CSN program 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(2 acadedmic semesters). The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim. No deferrals will be grantd if the accepted student plans to take classes at another institution.
If granted a deferral, a non- refundable enrollment deposit is required by the date stated in the letter of admission to ensure enrollment. No deferrals can be granted after a semester begins.

International students will be considered on an individual basis due to immigration issues.

Deferrals are designed for accepted applicants who wish to delay the start of their program and have not taken any courses in the interim. Students who are accepted,deposit and enroll in classes but decide to take time off and return at a later date to complete the program must request and obtain a Leave of Absence(LOA) from the Chair of the Nutrition Department.

Reapplication Procedure

An individual who wishes to re-apply must call the SNHS Office of Admission at 617-521-2605 to learn about this process. All re-applicants are required to submit any official academic transcripts for courses completed since the initial application and another application processing fee.