Graduate Policies

School of Library and Information Sciences

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

School of Management

School of Social Work

College of Arts and Sciences

See the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Graduate Course Catalog for more information on the following topics:

  • Transfer of Credits 
  • Auditing Courses
  • Grading Policy 
  • Dropping Courses
  • Extension of Time to Complete Coursework 
  • Grade Appeal
  • Switching from Stand-alone MA to a Dual Degree
  • Withdrawing from One of the Programs that Comprises a Dual Degree Program
  • Satisfactory Progress Toward the Degree 
  • Expulsion from Program
  • Length of Time to Complete Degree 
  • Leave of Absence/Readmission to Active Status 
  • Withdrawal from the College

Additional CAS Policies

Adding Courses

A graduate student may add courses after registration until the end of the fourth week of classes. To add a course the student must complete the add/drop form and pay the appropriate fees to the Office of Student Financial Services. Any student wishing to add a course after the fourth week must petition the Dean of CAS. Students should be aware that the Dean approves such requests only in very unusual circumstances. All registration procedures, including dropping and adding courses, for students enrolled in off-site programs are processed through the Off-Campus Coordinator at 617-521-2626.

Non-Degree Registration
Non-Degree Students

Most graduate programs allow a student to enroll as a non-degree student and earn a maximum of eight semester hours. A student must apply for admission to the program if she or he wishes to continue taking courses beyond eight semester hours. Non-degree students must earn a grade of B (3.00) or better in each course in order to be subsequently considered for admission or to enroll in a second course. Courses taken while in non-degree status may be counted toward a degree if the student is admitted to a degree program. Satisfactory performance as a non-degree student is a prerequisite to admission to a degree program; however, it does not guarantee admission.

Non-degree students are not eligible for Simmons College or federal financial aid. Simmons College is not able to provide an I-20 or IAP-66 for non-degree students, because they are not fully admitted and matriculated students.

Financial Awards & Fellowships

CAS Graduate Course Catalog for further information about the following awards:

  • Dean's Fellows
  • Graduate Student Development Fund
  • Virginia Haviland Scholarship
  • Program Director's Scholarship
  • Louise Brown Cummings Fund
  • Teaching/Research Assistantships
  • Neel Saxena Memorial Scholarship
  • The Pamela Bromberg Award for Academic Excellence

Additional information can also be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admission at 617-521-2915.