Application Requirements

To apply to HealthCareMBA@Simmons, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and submit the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Three essays
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references who can speak to your experience or aspirations for health care leadership. Please note at least one should be written by a supervisor, preferably from your current role.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses, including all study abroad courses
  • Current resume
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75
    (Fee is reduced to $45 if application is submitted on or before the priority deadline)
  • GRE/GMAT Scores are not required for admission but will be accepted if the applicant chooses to submit them

In the event that the Admissions Committee needs more information to review an application, an applicant may be required to participate in an interview.

Pre-MBA Course

The Pre-MBA course is designed for students who wish to improve their quantitative skills prior to beginning the full HealthCareMBA@Simmons program and/or students who have been away from the classroom setting for an extended period. Some applicants may receive conditional admission to HealthCareMBA@Simmons and will be required to complete the Pre-MBA course with a passing grade before matriculating into the full program. Enrollment in the Pre-MBA course will not count toward degree requirements. Learn more about Pre-MBA.


If English is not your first language, you are also required to submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report, demonstrating satisfactory English language proficiency.    

Please note that the TOEFL or IELTS is not required from applicants who have earned either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution or from a postsecondary institution recognized by the Ministry of Education in an English-speaking country.


Your résumé should include:

  • Educational background including:
    • Institutions, degree(s) awarded or in progress
    • Dates and/or anticipated dates of degree(s) awarded
  • Relevant employment history including:
    • Job title, job description, relevant duties performed
    • Employment dates of each position
  • Community service or volunteer experience
  • Awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
  • Evidence of leadership and career progression


Please complete three essays that speak to the following:

  • What are your short and long term career goals and aspirations in health care management? How will a Health Care MBA help you at this point in your career?
  • Describe an experience at work, your personal experience, or something you observed and saw the consequences of that had a major effect on your development as a leader. Explain why the experience was so significant.
  • Please address your level of quantitative/analytical ability and provide concrete examples of any skills you have developed through your professional experience and/or volunteer experience (if applicable).


Sealed official academic transcripts must be received by mail from all postsecondary institutions attended, including study abroad programs and community colleges, even if a degree was not obtained. Please have official transcripts and other official application materials mailed to:

Application Processing Services
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should specify that their transcript(s) be sent to Application Services or select Simmons University – HealthCareMBA@Simmons if listed as an option through the vendor. This will expedite the delivery of the transcript(s) and the completion of the candidate’s application.

All coursework from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by an evaluation service such as World Education ServicesInternational Education Research FoundationEducation Credential Evaluation, or AACRAO International Education Services. Please allow for additional time in the application process to have all transcripts evaluated by these organizations. Course by course evaluations are required.

Recommendation Forms

Professional recommendations from individuals who know you in the workplace are required, and at least one should be written by a supervisor, preferably from your current role.

Recommendations should address your experience or aspirations in healthcare leadership, and must be written within one year of the submission of the application submission date.

Your recommenders must be able to speak in-depth to your verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills, your ability to work independently and as a member of a team, and your leadership potential.

Individuals providing recommendations must complete Simmons’ online recommendation form and address the applicant’s professional dedication and ability to succeed in a competitive master’s degree program.