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Ph.D. in Health Professions

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Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. in Health Professions Education program. This page describes the procedures for applying. If you have questions, please first check the FAQs on this website, then,feel free to contact us if you have further questions at 617-521-2605 or snhs@simmons.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: If you require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S., you must be accepted to and enrolled in a degree -seeking program on a full-time basis. The Ph.D. in Health Professions program is not offered on a full time basis, thus, individuals requiring an F-1 visa are not eligible to apply. Taking courses as a non-degree student is not possible.

If you hold an H visa, please contact the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605 or snhs@simmons.edu to determine if you are eligible to apply. Please be certain to tell us what type of H visa you hold,when and where you obtained your bachelor's and master's degrees.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit an electronic application and supporting required paper materials by the deadline date. All materials become the property of Simmons College and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Standardized Test Scores:

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. Copies of student score reports are not acceptable.

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.

  1. Official GRE scores taken within 5 years before the application deadline, sent directly to SNHS by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Allow 4-6 weeks for these official scores to arrive at SNHS. Student score reports and electronic scores are not acceptable. An application will not be considered complete nor will an admission decision be made unless official scores have been received by the application deadline. Simmons GRE code is 3761. The GRE is waived if an applicant has a 3.5 or higher GPA is a master's program.
  2. Official TOEFL scores taken within two years before the application deadline,sent directly to SNHS by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Allow 4-6 weeks for these official scores to arrive at SNHS. Student score reports and electronic scores are not acceptable. No other English language proficiency exam is acceptable. An application will not be considered complete nor will an admission decision be made unless official scores have been received by the application deadline. Simmons TOEFL code is 3761. Required scores: 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based).

Since there are six admission offices at Simmons, to avoid delay, please send all required paper materials to:

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

Applications Deadline Dates

  • October 1 for Spring(January) entry
  • June 1 for Fall(September) entry

Application

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed(undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions, whether or not a degree was awarded or regardless of when the courses were taken or if the courses which appear on another transcript as transfer or study abroad credit.

If you attended a study abroad program and a separate transcript exists, send that as well. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree earned and the date awarded. Such transcripts must be received in signed/sealed envelopes. Photocopies or copies "issued to students" are not acceptable.

If you hold a visa other than F-1,and you earned a degree abroad, academic records must include end of year marks sheets for each year of attendance, not just final exam results or a copy of the degree. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Overseas post-secondary institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Academic records in the native language and an official English translation(if needed) are required. English translations must be provided by someone other than the applicants, friend or family member.

It may also be necessary for the applicant to submit an interpretation by a foreign credential services agency. Interpretations of foreign credentials by an evaluation service do not replace official academic records. These evaluations are assessments of the curriculum and are not accepted in lieu of official academic documents. Contact our office at 617-521-2605 to determine if this is needed. When you call, please be prepared to provide the name of the institution and country where the degree was earned.

For applicants who have taken courses in the U.S. or earned a degree in the U.S., request unofficial copies of your transcripts so that you can refer to them when completing the required GPA calculations in the application. If you receive officially signed/sealed envelopes from institutions, do not open them before submitting to our office as this will render them as unofficial.

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:

Grading Scale

To assist you in calculating GPAs, please refer to the Grading Scale below:

Recommendations

The recommendation forms are embedded in the application. Instructions are provided in that section of the application. All recommendations should be written on official preprinted letterhead stationery,not on a computer-generated template. Recommendations should include original signatures. Email addresses from references at organizations or places of employment are preferred rather than personal email addresses. All recommendations with personal email addresses will be verified.