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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.

NOTE: International students requiring an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. must be accepted to and enrolled in a full-time in a degree granting program. The CSN program is not a full-time program; F-1 visa holders are not eligible to apply to this program.


Application Deadline for Certificate in Sports Nutrition

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

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 dated more than 6 months prior to the application deadline.

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. The recommendation forms are embedded in the application.

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.

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 be 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.

To avoid delay, since there are six admission offices at Simmons,please send al lrequired paper materials to:

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

Standardized Test Scores

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 academic semesters). The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim. No deferrals will be granted 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

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.