Why Simmons

We pledge to help you achieve a successful career, a meaningful life, and a powerful return on your educational investment.

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The Simmons advantage

The Simmons advantage is more than an exceptional education — it’s an experience that will prepare you for your life’s work.

Our innovative graduate programs allow you to customize your courses of study. You’ll learn through small classes, case-based discussions, experiential learning, research opportunities and seminars. Our professors are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in the field. Accessible and dedicated, they’ll go the extra mile to help you succeed.

Our location in the heart of Boston offers all the benefits of a small college campus with the unparalleled opportunities of a large university. You’ll have direct access to career, research, and clinical opportunities at world-renowned institutions. Plus, our worldwide alumnae/i network is committed to empowering Simmons University graduates because they know what Simmons students are capable of.

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Professional Opportunity

Our graduate programs respond to the needs of an ever-changing world and prepare you for leadership in your field. 

Professional Opportunity

The city of Boston

Experience Boston

Simmons draws on Boston's cultural, historical, economic, scientific, and educational resources to offer an unparalleled student experience.

Experience Boston

The Simmons academic campus

Colleges, Schools and Departments

Our colleges, schools and departments offer specialized resources to support and challenge you.

Colleges, Schools and Departments


Simmons at a Glance

4,858

graduate students

Our community is made up of a diverse group of graduate men and women.

8:1

student to faculty ratio

Simmons faculty members are leaders in their fields and mentors in the classroom.

231

full-time faculty

Simmons faculty members are leaders in their fields and mentors in the classroom.

Our faculty

At a glance


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Graduate and certificate programs

Whether you're coming straight from undergraduate study — or making a change mid-career — our programs will prepare you for your next move.

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Financial aid & tuition

At Simmons, we work to support students pursuing an education through financing, financial education, and exceptional customer service.

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Student support & resources

You'll find everything you need on campus — from medical resources to keep you healthy to technical support to keep your computer running.

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Visit us

Come and see what the classroom experience is like and get to know our dynamic faculty members.

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Our faculty

You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.

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Community engagement

We facilitate and promote community-based learning and develop strategic partnerships to advance learning, promote civic engagement, and enhance community involvement in order to create a more just society.

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Commitment to inclusivity

We are committed to holding true to our founding principle of inclusion — embracing students from all backgrounds and all forms of human uniqueness to create an environment of true religious, cultural, racial, sexual orientation, gender expression and ability diversity.

Faculty & Research

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Simmons Nutrition Professor Discusses How to Make Salad Dressing Healthy

Health-conscious individuals gravitate toward greens, but they may be wary of the extra calories that salad dressing contains. “I don’t want people to worry about salad dressing to the point that they’re not eating the salad. Eat the salad,” Professor of Nutrition Teresa Fung told NBC’s Today.com.


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Associate Professor Saher Selod Historicizes Islamophobia in the United States

On January 19, Simmons’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) hosted “Islamophobia in the United States: Understanding Past and Present Anti-Muslim Discrimination,” a virtual lecture by Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Research for the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding Saher Selod. This talk chronicled the history of anti-Muslim racism and demonstrated how 9/11 instituted a new era of the racialization of Muslims.


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Associate Professor offers Testimony on Act Prohibiting Body Size Discrimination

A clinical social worker and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Simmons University School of Social Work, Olivia Montgomery offers talks on anti-fat bias and health care in her community. In her virtual testimony, she related an experience visiting a new primary care physician.


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Professor of Education Daren Graves Co-Edits Forthcoming Book on Hip Hop Education

In January 2024, Bloomsbury Publishing (London) will release The Bloomsbury Handbook of Hip Hop Pedagogy, co-edited by Daren Graves, Professor of Education and Social Work at Simmons, and Dr. Lauren Leigh Kelly, an Associate Professor of Education at Rutgers University. This collection is “the first reference work to cover the theory, history, research methodologies, and practice of Hip Hop pedagogy.”


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Associate Professor of Biology Eric Luth Co-Authors Scientific Article with Former Students

Neurobiologist Eric Luth recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A (October 2021) with several of his students: Celine Breton ’21, Kaitlyn Kessel ’23, Ariel Robinson ’19, and Kainat Altaf ’22. The piece traces developmental abnormalities among worm populations after exposure to environmental contaminants.


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Associate Professor Marilisa Jiménez García Becomes First Latina to Win Children's Literature Association's Book Award

This June, Professor Marilisa Jiménez García received the Children’s Literature Association’s annual book award for her 2021 monograph, Side by Side. In this text, Jiménez García explores youth literature and culture as a means to comprehend the complex contours of power relations between Puerto Rico and the United States.


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Why the World Needs Simmons: Insights on Contemporary Feminism from Professor Suzanne Leonard

Suzanne Leonard , Professor of Literature and Writing, and the director of the MA in Gender and Cultural Studies, teaches courses on Feminist Media Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and American Literature at Simmons. The co-editor of Imagining We in...


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School of Nursing Direct Entry Master's Program Offers Accelerated Pathway to Become an Advanced Practitioner

Tina Delouchry, School of Nursing Professor of Practice and Director of the Direct Entry (DE) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) FNP Program, shares the value of the DE program, which provides an opportunity for students with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to pursue a degree as an advanced practice nurse.