How to Apply
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Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. All grade point averages are considered, but a B (3.0) average or higher is preferred. In general, applicants are expected to submit a completed application file that includes the following:
- A completed online application or paper application form
- Current résumé
- Statement of purpose
Please note: For dual degree applications, you are welcome to write one combined essay addressing both programs or two separate essays addressing each individual program.
In 500 words or more, answer these questions: Why do you think teaching is right for you? What questions about teaching and learning are most important to you? What would you like your students to gain from your classroom?
In 500 words or more, describe your intellectual goals in seeking this degree. Please be sure to highlight your academic or professional engagement with children's/young adult literature and discuss the questions about children's/young adult literature that have interested you and will influence your study at Simmons.
- Two letters of recommendation
- One of the following test scores: GRE, MAT, or MTEL (an MTEL, or Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure, is preferred. If you have questions about which MTEL to take, please contact Graduate Studies Admission at 617-521-2915.)
- Official college transcripts from every college or university attended. Must include degree conferral.
- TOEFL scores, if English is not the applicant's first language
- Non-refundable application fee of $35 (payable to Simmons University)
- Interview (strongly recommended). If you choose to have an interview, please call us at 617-521-2915 or email [email protected] to schedule this appointment after your application has been submitted and all of your transcripts have been received. When you are ready to schedule your interview, we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure the best availability of appointments. Travel to Boston is not required; interviews are available via phone as well as in person.
NOTE - The Simmons University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) to lead to initial teaching licensure for Elementary Education (grades 1-6) in Massachusetts. Please be prepared to respond to the following question in your application:
Which student-teaching experience are you interested in?
Graduate Studies Admission Office has a rolling admission policy. Apply early for maximum consideration for admission and financial aid. To meet priority application deadlines, completed application files should be submitted by the following dates:
Summer: May 1
Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Admission may be deferred for up to two semesters, after which applicants must reapply.
Simmons welcomes applications from international students. As you prepare your application for admission, please review both the program-specific admission requirements associated with your graduate program of interest, along with the additional details below:
English Language Proficiency
The faculty require that all prospective students for whom English is not the first language and who have not previously completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction achieve a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL)
Simmons Code: 3761
Contact your nearest English language testing center or:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Contact your nearest English language testing center or:
Find your nearest testing center and upcoming test dates on the IELTS website:
Required Academic Records
In the U.S., academic records or mark sheets are called "transcripts" (this is the term used throughout our website). All applicants must submit official academic records (in a sealed envelope with a signature or stamped seal across the sealed flap) for study completed at all universities (including schools where no degree or certificate was conferred).
Official course-by-course evaluations are required for all transcripts from universities outside the U.S. or Canada. Additionally, all transcripts that are in a language other than English must be officially translated. Only evaluations and translations from authorized organizations are accepted. The preferred provider of transcript evaluations at Simmons is World Education Services (WES):
World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274
Required Standardized Test Results
Please review carefully the program-specific admission requirements associated with your graduate program of interest. Some programs require the submission of official standardized test scores or proof of registration for one of the following standardized tests: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or MTEL® (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure). If test scores are required for your program, plan ahead to allow plenty of time to take the test and receive your scores. Further information about these tests can be found below:
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Simmons Code: 3761
GRE, Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Simmons Code: 1226
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
Simmons Code: 44
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure®
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis until the relevant priority deadline:
Fall Semester (September)
Master's, EdS, or Certificate Program: August 1
Doctoral Program: February 1
Spring Semester (January)
Master's, EdS, or Certificate Program: December 15
Doctoral Program: September 1
Summer Semester (May)
Master's, EdS, or Certificate Program: May 1
Doctoral Program: December 1
To ensure adequate time for review, international applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months in advance of the relevant application deadline listed above. Please allow ample time for the pace of international postal services, obtaining visa documents, arrival in the U.S., and transitioning to a new environment.
Application materials should be submitted using the exact address below. Please be sure to include "Graduate Studies Admission" in the address of any items submitted by mail to ensure receipt by our office.
Graduate Studies Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898
Required Financial Documentation
Upon acceptance, international students must also submit an International Student Supplement Form (ISSF) indicating the source(s) of funding to be used to meet the tuition and living expenses associated with attending Simmons. We ask that you apply to the program only if you are reasonably certain that you will be able to meet the financial obligations.
When you are preparing the International Student Supplement Form (ISSF) documentation, please arrange with your bank, sponsor, and/or government to provide an official statement indicating that you have sufficient funds in a bank for these educational expenses and/or that your tuition and expenses will be paid by your sponsor(s) or government. All documents must be no more than one year old, have been prepared specifically for Simmons University, be in English, and show funds in U.S. dollars ($). Simmons cannot issue a Form I-20 until the required financial documents have been received.
Visa Requirements and Full-Time Academic Status
Immigration requirements stipulate that international students studying in the U.S. with an F-1 student visa must be enrolled full-time (minimum of eight credits per semester) in an academic program.
Current F-1 visa holders who will need to transfer their records in SEVIS to Simmons upon enrolling will be required to submit an I-20 Transfer-In Form, which has been signed by their current DSO, along with an International Student Supplement Form (ISSF).
If you have questions about the Form I-20, the documents referenced above, visa requirements, or your eligibility to study at Simmons, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at [email protected] or 617-521-2915.
Merit-based scholarships that cover a portion of the tuition expenses at Simmons are available to well-qualified applicants in our on-campus degree programs. International student applicants to eligible programs will receive automatic consideration for merit-based scholarships at the time of acceptance, and no additional paperwork is required beyond the application for admission. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the availability of funding.
While U.S. federal financial aid through the FAFSA is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, international student applicants may qualify for some private loans. To learn more, please contact the Simmons University Office of Student Financial Services at [email protected] or 617-521-2001.
For additional information about international student admission to Simmons, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at [email protected] or 617-521-2915.
Can I submit my online application before all of my required materials are received?
Yes, and we encourage it! Once you submit your application, you will be able to log in to the self-service center to check the status of your application and to see if your materials have been received. Prior to submitting your application, you will not be able to check your status online.
What should I do if my recommenders did not receive an email requesting a letter?
First, suggest your recommender check her/his spam folder. Since the notifications come from an automated system, the messages often end up in spam. Not there? Contact us and we can resend the notification. You can also resend invitations from your self-service center. And, finally, recommenders are always welcome to email a recommendation letter to us. We'll be glad to manually add it to your application.
How quickly are my application materials processed?
Once you submit your application, we will look for any previously received materials to attach to your application. It usually takes 1-5 business days for our office to process and attach materials. To ensure receipt of your materials in our office, please ensure that items sent by mail are issued to the following exact address:
Graduate Studies Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
How long will a decision take after my application is complete?
Admission decisions on master's degree applications are generally available within 2 to 3 weeks of application completion. Doctoral candidates will be contacted with an update from the admission committee within 2 to 3 weeks of application completion, and admission decisions are generally available within 6 weeks of application completion.
Will my decision letter be emailed or mailed?
Official decision letters are issued by mail. If you notice that your application status has changed to "Decision Mailed" please allow at least one week for the letter to arrive before contacting our office.
Can I take classes before I apply?
If you are unsure about enrolling in a graduate program, or just want to advance your educational experience, all of our master's degree programs offer the option to enroll in up to two graduate-level courses (eight credits) as a non-degree student before formally applying to a program. Additional details about non-degree registration, including current course offerings, can be found on our Non-Degree Options page.
Do I need to submit the FAFSA and Simmons University Student Information Form by the priority admission deadline?
No. Students interested in applying for federal financial aid, which is awarded in the form of loans, may do so at any point by submitting the FAFSA and the Simmons University Student Information Form to the Simmons University Office of Student Financial Services. Contact their office via email or at 617-521-2001.
Upon acceptance, eligible applicants receive automatic consideration for merit-based scholarships. Most merit-based scholarships are awarded based on the overall strength of an application for admission, and no separate application is required.
Learn more about what makes Simmons University special.
Tuition and fees at Simmons are updated annually each spring. They are assessed each semester based on the number of credits enrolled, the level of degree, and the particular program of study.
We believe that your exceptional academic preparation and hard work should be rewarded.
All students taking 9 or more credits are required by Massachusetts State law to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan or be covered by a health insurance plan with comparable coverage.
If you are unsure about enrolling in a graduate program, or just want to advance your educational experience, non-degree study at Simmons is the best option for you.
Questions? Contact us via email or at 617-521-2915. We're happy to schedule visits and campus tours.