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Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion


Thank you for your interest in Simmons. This page describes the requirements and procedures for applying to the M.S. in Nutrition and Health Promotion program. 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:

Applicants to all nutrition programs are required to submit the electronic application and required paper materials by the designated application deadline date, not the post mark date, rather, the date when all materials need to be received in the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences(SNHS).

No application can be acted upon unless all materials are received. There is no guarantee that late applications will be considered; only on-time and complete applicants are eligible for consideration of graduate assistantships.

If you wish to apply to the MS and DPD and/or CSN, please submit one application for all of these options. Do not submit a separate application for each of these programs.

If you are applying for September entry and will be enrolled in the fall semester just prior to the application deadline, it is imperative that you send a copy of your grades for that term since a final official transcript will not arrive until after the application deadline. You may scan and send these grades via email to or fax them to 617-521-3137. Do not cut and paste your grades from your institutional online portal as this method in illegible. Be certain that your name and the school you attended are clearly indicated and indicate the SNHS program you are applying to. Simmons is unable to accept electronic transcripts from other institutions.

NOTE: If you are a current Simmons undergraduate student with second semester junior year status, majoring in nutrition,biology ,exercise science, or public health, and wish to apply to the MS program do not use the application here. Call the SNHS Office of Admission directly(617-521-2605) or email to request the appropriate application.

Recommendation Forms (Three recommendations are required)

You are applying to a professional graduate program,so,select your references wisely. We do not accept recommendations from individuals who have a personal relationship with you (family members, friends, religious personnel) or from coaches,politicians or people for whom you provided childcare since we need evaluations from individuals who can assess your academic ability to engage in graduate studies. 

For the MS (and MS with other program options) two recommendations should be from current or recent instructors and one should be a recent professional reference. Recommendations should not be more than six months old.

Three recommendations are required. 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.

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. Three 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:


Application Deadline for M.S. in Nutrition and Health Promotion Program

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

International students may apply only for September entry.

It is imperative that students who have or are studying abroad commence the application process at least six months prior to the application deadline date for the September term. Please allow ample time for the pace of international postal systems, obtaining visa documents, arrival in the U.S. and transitioning to a new environment. International students will not be allowed to enroll if they arrive after the official start of the term.

Admission Options for M.S. Program

  1. Simmons undergraduate students(majoring in nutrition or dietetics,biology,public health, or exercise science) with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher may apply for the Master's program at the end of their second semester junior year (deadline: February 15) . If accepted, such students may take graduate nutrition courses during the senior year. Thereafter, they would be enrolled exclusively in graduate nutrition courses and classified as a regularly enrolled graduate student. Contact directly the Office of Admission to obtain the application at 617-521-2605 or
  2. Undergraduate degree candidates at other academic institutions may apply during their final year of study. Entry terms are for fall (September), spring (January).
  3. Applicants who already possess an undergraduate degree may apply for fall (September) or spring (January).

Admission Requirements for M.S. Program

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or an overseas institution of higher learning recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. The following prerequisite courses, which may be taken at other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities or a higher education institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education, are required before applying to the M.S. only program:

  • Inorganic Chemistry with a lab (at Simmons, CHEM 111 or CHEM 113)
  • Organic Chemistry with a lab (at Simmons, CHEM 112 or CHEM 114)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (at Simmons, BIOL 231 and BIOL 232)
  • Introduction to Nutrition (at Simmons, NUTR 112)
  • Introduction to Community Nutrition (at Simmons, NUTR 237)
  • Biochemistry (at Simmons, CHEM 223)
  • Introductory Statistics at (Simmons, MATH 118 

An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required in the prerequisite courses. All science courses, with the exception of Biochemistry, must include labs and must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. These prerequisite courses must be graded and may not be completed on a pass/fail basis or audited. Additionally, international students must be enrolled full time (at least nine credit hours). CLEP, IB, or AP (Advanced Placement) scores are not accepted for such required courses.

There are two ways to complete the prerequisites:

  1. complete courses elsewhere (call the Office of Admission at  617.521.2630 to determine if a specific class will fulfill our requirement) and then apply;
  2. take classes at Simmons by applying to the DIX Program via the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Application Procedure for M.S. Program

Applicants are responsible for submitting the electronic application and supporting paper materials by the designated deadline. All documents submitted become the property of Simmons College and cannot be returned to the applicant. Make certain that the official transcripts and recommendations are addressed and sent to the Office of Admission at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since there are six admission offices at Simmons. Send to:

School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Simmons College
Office of Admission
Room S332
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02155-5898

  1. A completed electronic application ,including all supporting documents(See the application for specific details).
  2. A non-refundable $50 application fee (unless an appropriate fee waiver is included).
  3. 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.; if official transcripts are not available, applicants may submit a copy of their grade report in the interim but an official transcript is required to finalize the application process.
  4. 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 a friend) Additionally, academic records may need to be evaluated by an agency as specified by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Also, U.S. students who have studied abroad and a separate transcript exists must submit the official transcript for all coursework from the sponsoring institution or agency.
  5. The recommendation process is specific to each nutrition program. Carefully review the recommendation section of the nutrition application to understand what is required. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences Identification Form, the Rating Form and a narrative recommendation should be sent directly to the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. We cannot accept recommendations from family members, friends, people for whom you baby-sat, coaches , church officials or politicians. All recommendation forms and letter of recommendation must be signed in original ink.

In addition, the following should be sent directly to the School for Health Studies by the Education testing Service (ETS):

  1. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official TOEFL score from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The official score report must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to SNHS.
  2. 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: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. Telephone: 215-750-8050.

Enrollment Deposit for MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion Program

All accepted applicants  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. The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim. If granted a deferral, a non- refundable enrollment deposit is required by the date stated in the letter of admission to ensure enrollment. International students will be considered on an individual basis due to immigration issues.

If you were accepted, and then enroll and withdraw, you must request a formal leave of absence from the Nutrition Department.

Reapplication Procedure

An individual who wishes to re-apply should call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605  for details
about this process. All re-applicants are required to submit any official academic transcript for courses completed since the initial application.

Transfer Credit

Accepted applicants who enroll in the M.S. program may petition to transfer a maximum of two graduate courses into the M.S. program provided the credits were not used for a previously conferred degree and were completed within five years of the petition. This petition must be approved by the Chair of the Nutrition Department and the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The student must have earned a grade of B or better.

Course Waivers

Students who enter the program with a strong background in a particular content area may petition for a course waiver. Such waivers require demonstration of mastery of course content. Students receiving course waivers must still complete the required number of credit hours, accomplishing this by taking additional electives to replace the waived credits. The decision to accept waivers is determined by the Chair of the Nutrition Department.